BELFAST — “The Boston Boats” are the topic for the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

Judith Frost Gillis, Orrington Historical Society president, will present a history of four of the steamships that plied the waters of Penobscot Bay and the Penobscot River, providing rapid and safe transportation for both passengers and freight. The steamships Belfast, Camden, Rockland and Bangor will be featured.

The SS Belfast, known locally as The Boston Boat, served the Belfast-to-Boston route from 1909 to 1935. According to a press release from The Belfast Historical Society, the presenter is hoping those in attendance will share their knowledge or recollections about any of the four steamships.

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SS Belfast, Belfast Museum Collection