Friday, April 2, 2010

Vintage Brochure, Captain Benson's Sightseeing Yachts Liberty & Nimrod, Bar Harbor, Maine

Here's a fun piece! A vintage brochure advertising Captain Benson's Sightseeing Yachts the "Liberty" and the "Nimrod", which carried passengers out from Benson's Pier at Bar Harbor, Maine, to explore the beautiful Frenchmans Bay. Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, home to a major portion of Acadia National Park. Captain Benson reports that he takes passengers closer to shore than other tour operators and is the only captain to take his passengers around Iron Bound Island. He also points out, with the help of an amplifier system, the various opulent mansions, unique geologic formations, Anemone Cave, Thunder Hole and Great Head. The Libertym he describes, is a luxurious steamship with red plush seating and lavatory facilities. The Nimrod has the largest passenger capacity on Frenchmans Bay. Captain Benson reassures passengers that he has 26 years experience navigating boats on and around Frenchmans Bay.

There's no date or clue to the date on this brochure, but an excursion on the Liberty will set you back a whole dollar; the Nimrod, a staggering dollar and a half.

If you have information about Captain Benson, the Liberty and the Nimrod, please leave a comment. Enjoy!

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