Places & Ports

Photo courtesy marinas.comA bird's-eye view of Essex Harbor. It's amazing how different a familiar stretch of water looks from the air.

A river runs through it

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

June 2021 By Bob Muggleston Last Friday, anticipating the weekend’s Connecticut Spring Boat Show at Essex Island Marina in Essex, Connecticut, a local news station flew a drone over Essex Harbor during their morning broadcast. Now, I’ve seen overhead shots of the area before – check out Jerry Roberts’ fineRead More

An island resident (below), and lighthouse, farmhouse and beach in Tarpaulin Cove (right).

Lure of the Elizabeths

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

A brief history of the wild Elizabeth Islands off Cape Cod, including how a prominent Boston Brahmin family has, for generations, shared its wealth with recreational mariners.

Photo courtesy Jack FarrellJohnny Kadlik's crew replacing windows, siding and trim on the crew quarters known as "The Shack." The work out at the Isles is relentless.

Resignation is not the same as giving up

May 17, 2021 at 12:00 am

A practical resignation is not the same as giving up. It is an unresisting acceptance of the inevitable – and it includes patience, submission, tolerance and fortitude.

Scenes from downtown Newburyport, clockwise from above: Flower's on a lamp with a built-in hanger; the Maritime Museum; the Brass Lyon gift shop; a place to sit in the shade, or shop; and the iconic Fowle's Soda and Cigars sign on State Street.

The river turns the wheel

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

And, in Newburyport, Mass., it always has, literally and figuratively, as the mighty Merrimack River has powered a shipbuilding industry, a rich international trade, mill wheels, and, today, a waterborne tourism.

Midwinter Mystery Harbor: Camden (Maine) Harbor

Midwinter Mystery Harbor: Camden (Maine) Harbor

March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

Grew up in Camden The Mystery Harbor is Camden, Maine. I was born and grew up in Camden during the ’50s and ’60s. Looking out, the harbor is Curtis Island. My great-grandfather was a lighthouse keeper there when it was called Negro Island. Anson Norton Thomaston, Maine   Maine toRead More

Photo by Roger Karlebach

Mystery Harbor December 2020: Gosport Harbor

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

I got engaged there! That’s Gosport Harbor, at the Isles of Shoals, looking across the N.H./Maine border toward Cedar and Smuttynose Islands, with Appledore (Shoals Marine Labs) at 11:00 o’clock. The view is from Star Island, Rye, N.H., in front of the Oceanic Hotel, operated by the Star Island CorporationRead More

Rockport Harbor. Photo by Tim Plouff

Winter dreams

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

Midwinter 2021 By Tim Plouff We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came. -John F. Kennedy January in Maine can be a long, cruel month. TheRead More

Wintertime, and the livin' is easy: Kicking back in Manjack Harbor, in the Abacos, a group of islands and cays in the northern Bahamas.Photo courtesy Albert Presgraves

Round-trip ticket: Bahamas

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

The author and his wife had long dreamed of cruising south for the winter and returning in the spring. Finally they did it, with two dogs, aboard the Banjer 37 motorsailer Magus.

The author and his wife Marty aboard Rocinante, their Little Harbor 46.Photo courtesy Ron Weiss

Fishers Finally!

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

The fates conspired against me in my attempts to visit Fishers Island, as though an invisible force was blocking my access to it. Last summer, I broke through, with an emotional epiphany.

Photo by Tim PlouffThe beach that stretches for over a mile on Roque. The white sand there looks like it's imported from the Bahamas.

Revisiting Roque and Mistake Islands

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Tim Plouff For Points East It was to be a glorious summer day in Maine, and the promise of making new discoveries – as always, to us – was as exciting as the forecast. Our boating friends Allison and Andy Moorwood had proposed a trip Downeast to Jonesport, Maine,Read More