It is August 1, 1933
Here we are peek down from atop the far North Wall of Lanes Cove, Lanesville, MA. on Cape Ann, we can see the narrow space in which a wooden boom derrick is positioned for hoisting and loading granite .
The image offers a rare full view of the complex of hoisting engines and cabling required to turn the derrick and hoist the granite blocks. Note the platform which holds the gearing for control of the derrick. With everything out in the open,and exposed to the elements, greasing of the gears received especial attention. No loose clothing on the men working in the vicinity – for fear of being caught in cables or tooth gears.
(At the top back of the image the Harvey Coal Shed is in view.)
Here is another view of the working derrick loading granite onto the barge Fredereck Starr, bound for NY.
In the great hurricane of 1935, the derrick and engines will be destroyed.
- Leslie Bartlett – January 14, 2017
For over 200 years Cape Ann farmers had dug out, pushed and shoved rock out of the way to clear their fields for farming.
Granite was something everyone could break, shape and sell. It lay on either side of the road, the fields cleared, small holes were dug out for larger chunks of granite to be removed. The quarry spectacle was viewed by summer visitors who sat atop their carriages.
The Cape Ann Quarryland is born .
Cape Ann Quarryland, a sketch made by Carl J. Nordell of Annisquam and Boston
This is a timeline of the major quarries on Cape Ann and how the Rockport Granite Company eventually acquired most of them.
Rock bears witness
To What Has Taken Place,
Rock bears witness
To What Has Been Taken From Place.
-Leslie Bartlett, April 2015
Letterhead from the SBHS Research Library
The letterhead of the Rockport Granite Company reveals the extent of the Company’s holdings – both on Cape Ann and beyond. Not only did the Rockport Granite Company quarry in Maine, but at one time it also owned a pink granite company in Lebanon, N.H. With offices in Boston, N.Y. & Chicago, it was a company which could offer its granite for contracts across the United States.