Salvage Yards and Postcards

Old school dissertation research has stalled for a few days as I finish up a book review (more on that next week). This is worrisome–we all know how brief stalls can lead to deadly tailspins, which I’m hoping to avoid. So what better way to keep up momentum than rummaging the internet at all hours of the night? Here’s what I stumbled across relevant to my current research focus, Captain T. A. Scott of New London, Connecticut. [For other posts on Scott look here and here.]

Historic postcards, like the two above, are fantastic sources for “seeing” the past. These two, linked from CardCow.com (click on the images for more) offer two views of Scott’s wharf in New London Harbor. I haven’t figured out when these images were taken… yet. Even so, they offer a wealth of information about Scott’s operation–a cursory look shows the derricks, pile driver and extensive docks and facilities. But images like these raise as many questions as they answer. Why were postcards of Scott’s Wharf made? Who bought and sold them? Why? Were these images taken at the same time? (probably). What was that three-master doing there? A salvaged schooner being repaired? A wrecking schooner waiting for its next shipwreck? Or was it just a random vessel offloading at Scott’s convenient wharf? Since questions drive research (and writing), what could be better for my work than this set of postcards? One word: food.

Let’s just say I was surprised to find that one of the best lobster roll joints on the Connecticut coast, at least according to CBS New York, was Capt. Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, Connecticut (unfortunately, not where Scott’s Wharf once stood). Here’s how CBS describes it:

Capt. Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London offers a taste of history along with lobster. The popular restaurant is named after T.A. Scott who arrived in New London in 1871 when his marine construction company, The T.A. Scott Co., Inc. was building Race Rock Lighthouse. Bite into a seafood sandwich while overlooking the dock. Plus, you can shop in the seasonal fish market accompanying the restaurant.

I hope there’s more to this lobster shack’s story. They’re closed for the season, but I’ll be there opening day 2012!

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  1. Pingback: Salvage Yard Lithograph ca. 1912 | Ships on the Shore

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