Boothbay Region Historical Society presented a photo exhibit during Windjammer Days called “The Age of Fishing Under Sail.” The photos highlighted the Nickerson family of Boothbay and the Nunan family of Cape Porpoise.
The Nickerson family had their fleet of 11 schooners built in the East Boothbay Adams shipyard and in the Hodgdon yard from 1882 to 1901. The Nunan family had eight schooners built at the Hodgdon yard from 1882 to 1908. The Estelle S. Nunan, a 58-foot schooner built at Hodgdon’s in 1882, was juxtaposed by the 84-foot Richard J. Nunan, also built at Hodgdon’s in 1904. Alongside those ships was the Elizabeth W. Nunan, a 95-foot schooner designed by Charles Hodgdon and launched in 1908.
The Nickerson fleet exhibit showed the 106-foot Natalie B. Nickerson as it was launched in 1901, returning to port in 1904;and a painting by Nickerson’s granddaughter, Molly French. The Flora L. Nickerson, built in 1896, and Bertha D. Nickerson, built in 1883 were also pictured.
The room's focal point is still the famous Ram Island Lens, on display as always. Alongside the exhibit were countless pieces of fishing and seafaring gear and the stories of many of the families in the Boothbay region over the years.