Images of the River

The view from the expensive seats. This is an image taken mid-river from the barge that took the core samples used to test for contamination in the impoundment.

looking down the river

Looking upstream.


This is a beautiful shot from the bridge just downstream

The Works as of May 2016

This is the placard memorializing the rebuild of the dam and forebay in 1955.


This is looking down though the steel grating to the riverside penstock gate.


Here the gate armature passes through the steel grating.


Here are the 3 reduction gear gate mechanisms. The steel grating is 20′ over the forebay floor.

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Side view of the penstock gate mechanisms


Looking downstream at the headgates from the log boom.


View of the backside of the log boom.

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View of the dam from the log diversion boom.

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The cylinder in the middle is the top of the pressure case for the Rodney Hunt Type 80.


Here we see the speed increaser with the turbine gate controls (green) and the switchgear in the background.



Here is an images of the riverside penstock taken from the downstream end looking upstream 129 feet. The square of light is the pressure relief pad for the penstock gate.


Historic Images We Came Across

These are the drawings of the existing Rodney Hunt Type 80 which was moved from Maine and installed at the Tannery in 1937. Rodney Hunt was located in Orange Massachusetts and the old house and test room continued to be occupied by hydro enthusiasts.

The hydroelectric unit was installed to replace two McCormick waterwheels manufacturer in Massachusetts.

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Image of an excavator razing the Pownal Tannery.

destruction of old mill



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