The steamer Norumbega was built in 1902 and for twenty eight years sailed around Penobscot Bay with only one accident marring its career. In 1912 the boat ran aground off Southwest Harbour when the engines stopped and steering capability was lost. At the next high tide it was lifted off the ledge and refloated with the help of a tug, assisted by the strategically timed wash from the nearby steamer Moosehead.
At low tide the crowds came to see the sight.
|Allie Ryan, Penobscot Bay Mount Desert and Eastport Steamboat Album, Down East Enterprises, 1972|
Norumbega in happier times