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    April 9, 2021

    The Captain Spear launched at ceremony

    The newest member of the Maine State Ferry Service fleet was launched April 9, named after a well-known Rockland man. The Capt. Richard G.Spear glided into the water April 9 at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard in East Boothbay. Gov. Janet Mills, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note, Maine Maritime Academy President Dr. William Brennan, Washburn & Doughty President Katie Doughty Maddox, ...

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    April 6, 2021

    Library presents Maynard Bray's photography

    The Camden Public Library will partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. for a special presentation during Maritime Month. Penobscot Marine Museum Digital Collections Curator Matt Wheeler will lead an online narrated slideshow featuring selections of outstanding maritime photography from the museum's Maynard Bray Collection. Wheeler will discuss Bray's background and examine the range ...

  • Published
    April 5, 2021

    Megunticook Lake Warden names Ice-Out! winners

    The Megunticook Watershed Ice-Out was called Saturday, March 27, at 9 a.m. A thunderstorm Friday night with gusty winds churned up the water and rid the northern part of Megunticook Lake of ice so Lake Warden Dale Dougherty could navigate the patrol boat from the dams to the Ken Bailey Bridge (the definition of Ice-Out on Megunticook). The winner is Doug Stewart with a guess of March 27 at 9:37 a.m. Second place ...

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    April 2, 2021

    Mid-Coast Audubon offers talk on horseshoe crabs

    Mid-Coast Audubon and Camden Public Library will offer a free online Zoom presentation on the ecology of horseshoe crabs in the Great Salt Bay Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. To register for the event, email Julia Pierce ( to request the Zoom login information. The Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta hosts one of the best breeding locations for horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in the state ...

  • Published
    March 30, 2021

    Best harbor in the U.S. voting begins

    US Harbors, of Rockland, a free online resource for boaters and coastal communities, has announced that voting begins Wednesday, March 31 for the annual “Best Harbor in the US” contest at Participation is free and open to everyone. Voting for this year's Best Harbor contest is open from March 31 through May 31. Participation is limited to one vote per user. People can vote on any of ...

  • Published
    March 25, 2021

    Swift's fleet graces Camden Harbor

    The windjammer fleet of Captain Frank Swift is moored in Camden Harbor, circa 1941. The schooners are the Lydia Webster, the Clinton, and the Lois M. Candage.

  • Published
    March 24, 2021

    Dive into Maritime Month

    The Camden Public Library carries on its Maritime Month tradition this April 2021, by hosting a series of online programs and featuring a month-long “virtual gallery” of vintage photographs from the library's Walsh History Center Collection. The gallery show, “A Visual History of Camden Harbor,” will be complemented by a slide talk given by Ken Gross, director of the History Center at the library, Tuesday, April ...

  • Published
    March 22, 2021

    Boat auction seeks boats and nautical items

    Due to the current pandemic and uncertainty of the number of people who will be allowed at event gatherings, this year's annual Boat Auction and Sale will be online. The boat inventory will be on the Penobscot Bay YMCA's website and Facebook page in early April. The Y is looking for boats of all types — sail, power, dinghy, kayak, canoe, skiffs, rowing shells, or surf boards — that individuals would like to ...

  • Published
    March 22, 2021

    Shore and Harbor Planning grants available

    The Maine Department of Marine Resources Coastal Program has announced the availability of funds for Shore and Harbor Planning grants. Funds are provided through the state's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Program Grant and the Shore and Harbor Fund managed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources Coastal Program. Shore and Harbor Planning Grants promote sound waterfront planning and ...

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    March 18, 2021

    Gulf of Maine Council seeks nominations for 2021 Awards

    The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment is issuing a call for nominations the 2021 awards. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 30. Awards will be given in the following categories Visionary Awards Up to two individuals, businesses, or organizations from each province and state bordering the Gulf of Maine will be selected to receive Visionary Awards to recognize innovation, creativity ...

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