Boothbay Harbor - General

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combined in row, Portsmouth, Weighty Weather Vane Problem Brings Boothbay Harbor Chuckles Boothbay Harbor, Jan. 16.-The 16.-The weather vane atop the Congregational Congregational Church seemed about to topple over when the business committee of the church met lint week to discuss the best means of removing the hazard to life and property. The best minds judged the vane to be made of a heavy metal weighing at leant 150 pounds. Perched atop a 125 foot high spire, a diagonal break with the tall of the arrow hanging hanging down was clearly visible to the man In the street. Removing Removing It was In the category of "hazardous occupation." One man offered to do the job--for $200. That, decided the committee, was a very high price and dropped the whole matter Into the lap of Charles Kelley to do as he saw fit Kelley discussed the matter with J. Arthur Stevens of an East Boothbay shipyard who agreed the job could be done for 1100. Steven* roralled a rigger st hl.i yard. Bud Luke and several other men and turned up at the qhurch with scaffolding, acetylene torch, blocks and tackles and other miscellaneous paraphernalia. The staging was set. The blocks rigged. Up. up went a rigger to the top of the spire. Acetylene torch ready, ne stretched out his hand to pass a line around the shaky vane. Suddenly the neck-craners In the street gasped, i The ijlgger was holdJig the vane In his hands, easily. nonchalantly. When he had been lowered to the ground, It was found that the "heavy metal vane." measuring measuring some six feet, two Inches, In length, was made of sugai pine and weighed less than 30 pounds. All of which the committee would have known had It occurred occurred to them to consult one o( the local historians. Miss Elizabeth Reed who dug Into her records and announced to the still baffled town that the vnnr was made In 1851 by Jason Carlisle. The length of the arrow arrow was the exact height of Its mnkrr. The town's still chuckling.

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  1. Portland Press Herald,
  2. 17 Jan 1949, Mon,
  3. Page 25

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