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My Lost Youth: Longfellow's Portland, Then and Now

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Tukeys Bridge, Back Cove, Portland, sketched in 1902

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Tukeys Bridge, Back Cove, Portland, sketched in 1902 / Maine Historical Society

The young Henry would certainly have walked to Hammonds Rope Walk which was situated on the Back Cove side of Tukey's bridge on Munjoy's hill. Rope-making was an important industry in the age of sail. Portland had four major rope walks; Hammonds, the largest, was built in the early part of the 19th century.
Shaped like a two-story tobacco shed and taking up several blocks, a ropewalk is described and immortalized in Longfellow's poem "The Ropewalk."

 

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