June 13, 1845

People in our cities, who are preparing for their summer pleasure jaunts, will find Belfast to be at least one of the most beautiful places in New England, with a splendid bay, a thousand islands, good fishing, fine scenery in all directions, and an invigorating atmosphere. Cits who are pent up between hot brick walls, and surrounded by the dust and confusion of crowded streets, will find a trip to Belfast much cheaper than a doctor’s bill.

Our wharves present an encouraging appearance in the way of ship-building. There are now on the stocks, we believe, seven vessels, which with two already launched, will make certainly nine vessels constructed in this town this year.

June 12, 1857

The new comet may, by the aid of a glass and a strong imagination, now be seen near the handle of the Little Dipper. It has a stump tail, and looks very harmless.

Necessity of a Night Police.—We presume that the police of our city require sleep as other citizens. If we mistake not their pay is only in the shape of fees for actual services. Therefore it cannot be expected that they perambulate during the night, when they are most needed. Recently the necessity of a night police has been more than ever apparent. One night last week, nearly $300 worth of apparel was stolen from various houses, and no one is as yet detected. It could not have been done had there been a night watch,—at least, not in the way it was accomplished,—for the marauders were about the streets, and got up an alarm of fire. Almost every night there is some sort of rowdyism alike annoying to the citizens, and ruinous to many young persons, who in the absence of other restraints, should be cared for according to municipal laws. We recommend to the city government some action in the matter.

June 10, 1869

A remarkable display of northern lights, was witnessed in this city on Sunday night. Stepping into the street about twelve o’clock, we saw the whole sky blazing with streams of light that ran from the horizon to the zenith. Sometimes it would fade, and suddenly flash up again in broad sheets, occasionally with a tremulous or wavy motion. It was a remarkable and interesting phenomenon.

June 16, 1904

A Buoy at Barley Ledge. The rock known as the Barley Ledge, off the west shore of Islesboro, has been a menace to navigation since vessels first began passing up the western bay into the river. It lies about midway between Gilkey’s Harbor and Turtle Head, a short distance off shore, with bold water all around it, and vessels have been totally wrecked there. Last year the schooner Webster Barnard ran onto it and became a total loss. Shortly after the loss of the Barnard Orrin J. Dickey of Belfast opened correspondence with the Light House Board, and as a result the ledge is to be buoyed.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.