Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Jan.17, 1862

Sailing Of The Gunboat Penobscot

“The gunboat Penobscot left this harbor on Monday at 1 o’clock, for Kittery navy yard. She started under sail, but met a Boston steam tug near the bluff, and was taken in tow. The engine of the Penobscot can be put in operation in a few days, and she will soon be ready to be put in commission. Of all the vessels of this class contracted for by the government, we venture to say that not one has been built with greater regard to the interests of the service for which she is intended, than has the Penobscot. We have seen the progress of the work almost daily from the laying of the keel, and know whereof we affirm, in saying that the best of material and the most skillful labor have been combined by the Messrs. Carter in her construction.”

Jan. 17, 1901

Move for a Local Hospital

“For some time the Waldo County Clinical Club, composed of the prominent physicians of the city and county, has been working to establish a local hospital in this city. Other places no larger than Belfast have a successful local hospital and in their practice our physicians have found urgent need for one here. They have been obliged to take patients to Bangor, Portland and Boston for treatment that could be given here, if we had the facilities. It is hoped to make the hospital self-sustaining, and also to furnish free beds for those unable to pay. The ladies of the city are now enlisted in the cause.”

Jan. 13, 1949

Whistle of Old Steamer Belfast

“The whistle once the voice of the old steamer Belfast, now installed on the Belfast Packing Company plant here, has been repaired after long waiting for a valve and connecting parts, and the test on Tuesday morning electrified old inhabitants who recalled the sound once so familiar years ago. The big white steamer, Belfast, Bath-built in 1909, and her sister ship the Camden, plied this part of the coast on the Boston-Bangor division of the Eastern Steamship Lines, just before the decline of coastwise steamer traffic in competition with motor transportation. In 1935 the ‘Boston Boats’ were discontinued.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster in “Sorry, Wrong Number.”

Jan. 14, 1982

“Hazel Greenlaw was the guest of honor Jan. 1 at a surprise biethday party in celebration of her 80th birthday. The party was arranged by her sister, Mildred Hahn and Charlene Read, both of Belfast. Those present were her sons, Biff and Bing Greenlaw of Searsport and grandsons, Buddy and Benji Greenlaw of Stockton Springs, Mildred Hahn, Charlene Read with Carolyn, Susan, Julie and Ryan Read, Ruth Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Pendleton, all of Belfast, Edith Verrill and Jeremy Sylvester of Searsport.”

Curling Commences Jan. 14

“The Ben Ames Williams Bonspiel swings around for the 20th time this year. Curling will commence Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. This year’s event features an 18-rink draw. Three of those 18 return from last year’s finals. The ever-present Ralph Brown and wife, Leola, from Gladstone Curling Club will be on hand to defend last year’s Class B crown.”