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Salt and Cabotage — Is the Jones Act Being Blamed for Poor Planning?

International Salt, a major salt company, has just about run out of salt to supply the State of New Jersey.  The salt is used to control ice on the roads, and to run out in the middle of a very … Continue reading

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No Bids for Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch; Schooner Timberwind Leaving Rockport

Sadly, just before Christmas, the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, owned by Owen and Cathie Dorr, was seized at its Rockland Harbor berth in Lermond Cove by U.S. Marshals and towed to Camden Harbor, Maine.  The Nathaniel Bowditch is one of the … Continue reading

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Google’s Giant Magical Mystery Barges — Data Centers, Google Glass Stores or Borg Ships?

Google has been causing quite a stir on the waterfront.  Two mysterious barges have appeared, one on the Pacific in San Francisco bay and one on the Atlantic coast in Portland, Maine. The San Francisco barge is reported to be 250 feet … Continue reading

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The Ecology and Economics of Lobster – Will The Maine Lobster Boom End in a Bust?

Maine has been experiencing a lobster boom. After catching an average of 20 million pounds of lobster per year for decades, Maine’s 5,500 lobster-men landed a record 125 million pounds of lobsters last year.  Will this boom, however, end in a … Continue reading

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Tug Benjamin Bailey Rolls on Piscataqua River, Two Escape

On Wednesday afternoon, the tug Benjamin Bailey rolled and suddenly capsized in the currents of the Piscataqua River. Fortunately the two crew men aboard managed to escape from the sudden capsize. The tug is owned by Ken Anderson of Riverside … Continue reading

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65th Annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland Starts August 1!

As far as I am concerned, there are few things, that you can do with your clothes on, that are more enjoyable than sitting on the Maine coast and eating freshly steamed lobster. This Wednesday, August 1st, kicks off five days of … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Deckhand on the Schooner Mary Day

Here is a wonderful short video capturing a day in the life of a deckhand on the schooner Mary Day, sailing the coast of Maine.  (Looks someone should cut back on the caffeine.)  See also our previous post – Happy 50th Birthday … Continue reading

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Great Windjammer Race – Rockland to Camden, Maine

Last Friday, 19 schooners sailed from the starting line near the Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, Me out into Penobscott, Bay and then into Camden, Me, for the 36th annual Great Windjammer Race.  After the breakneck speeds of America’s Cup catamarans, the … Continue reading

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Fire on Nuclear Submarine USS Miami in Maine Shipyard

Crew responded to a fire on the nuclear submarine, USS Miami,  at around 5:40 PM last night at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  This morning, the Navy reports that the fire has been put put. Three shipyard firefighters, two civilian firefighters … Continue reading

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Boothbay’s 39th Fisherman’s Festival 2012!

Boothbay is one of my favorite places on  the Maine coast. Sadly, I will not be anywhere near by this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so I will miss the 39th Fisherman’s Festival.   From the Shrimp Princess Pageant on Friday to … Continue reading

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Voices of the Sea: The Poetry and Song of Maine’s Fishermen and Those Who Work on the Water

Not long ago, we posted about the Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon.  There are indeed fisherman poets on all coasts and this Thursday, March 15th, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine is hosting “Voices of the Sea: The Poetry and Song … Continue reading

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The Ruth Montgomery Collection at the Penobscot Marine Museum

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine documents the rich and deep maritime history of the region and the town that was famous for its ship captains. The museum has a wonderful set of on-line, searchable, photography collections documenting the area’s ships, … Continue reading

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Lobster Trap Christmas Trees – Christmas Tradition & Friendly Competition

Lobster traps, also known as lobster pots, are ubiquitous around the coastal towns of New England. Around this time of year, Christmas trees built from stacked lobster pots rise in many towns along the coast. With fishermen being fishermen, a friendly competition between the … Continue reading

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Sail Power and Steam Museum, Rockland, Maine

The Sail Power and Steam Museum of Rockland, Maine looks like a great little museum. Sail Power and Steam Museum Seu browser não suporta iframes.

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Sweetheart Cruise and Sailor’s Valentines

Museums on two coasts have special Valentine’s Days events planned for sailors.  The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine is offering a sailor’s valentine workshop for adults on Saturday, Feb. 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day.    In San … Continue reading

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300th anniversary of the Nottingham Galley wreck on Boon Island

On December 11, 1710, the English ship Nottingham Galley came ashore on Boon Island, off Cape Neddick, Maine, stranding its 14 man crew, of whom four would subsequently die.  It became one of the best known shipwrecks in New England … Continue reading

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Is the Aircraft Carrier USS John F. Kennedy too big for Portland?

We have previously posted about efforts to permanently moor the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in Portland, Maine.   The Navy is is considering proposals from Portland and Rhode Island.  Many in Portland are not happy at the prospect … Continue reading

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Energy from Waves in Oregon and Maine

Two projects are underway in Maine and Oregon to produce energy from ocean waves.   Ocean Renewable Power Company, in Maine, is using horizontal turbines to capture the energy of ebbing and flooding tides.  Initial tests have met or exceeded their targets … Continue reading

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Camden’s Windjammer Festival Starts Friday

Camden, Maine’s Windjammer Festival starts  Friday, September 3rd, and runs through Sunday.   Camden’s harbor always seemed to me to be a windjammer festival on virtually any summer day so this gathering  of the Maine Windjammer fleet and the dockside Maritime Heritage Fair should be quite an … Continue reading

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