This is a unique view of the cables in Flat Ledge Quarry, the far horizon line is dotted by the derricks of Pigeon Hill – Steel Derrick.
The recent addition of the three wind turbines in Gloucester hold only a small candle when measured by the size, frequency and scope of the Cape Ann Quarry Derricks
“See how the hardest things proclaim their hardness from afar.
Alas–the absent hammer is about to strike!
Rainer Maria Rilke
…14 men paused from work. We see them watching the camera, watching us. The vocabulary of the pit does not cross the threshold of the horizon line. In the focus to their work, we are ignored. We are not seen above the granite dust, the compressor pumps, the air drills. We do not exist except at this moment behind the camera.
This is the catalog cover, and this is the date when the Rockport Granite Company buys the Cape Ann Granite Co. for the sum of $90,000.00
This was the first acquisition by the Rockport Granite Company, which by 1915 will essentially own the entire granite production of Cape Ann.
In the midst of the chaos of loose stone, rubble and rock, the quarry worker needed to keep his eye out, and ear ready for the warning sound of an imminent blast.
Knowing where to stand was often the difference between safety and a bad industrial accident. Which makes photographs of quarries very interesting – most of the time the men are all paused from working. They see the camera and they see us. In this photo of Bay View, Cape Ann, everyone is paused. I’ll return to the image again tomorrow to give a full accounting of how many men are “Standing Down.”
Once a quarry was deeply opened, the romance of sitting on a large granite bolder to watch sunset was lost, at least until the quarry closed and vegetation and landscape familiar to us returned. This 1909 image is a view of what is now known and enjoyed as Halibut Point State Park. While quarried it was called ‘Babson Quarry.’ Unique for its location directly adjacent to the Atlantic, the quarry produced large courses of granite which were transported by train down to Folly Cove Pier.