Places & Ports

Photo by Jack FarrellWhite Island, much like lonely Duck Island to the east, has limited protection from the swell and no good landing options.

Thoughts from a part-time curmudgeon

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Jack Farrell For Points East Magazine The regular visitor to this space may recall a story from a few years back when I was given permission by a wise octogenarian (and frequently cantankerous) Star Island guest to be a curmudgeon once in a while. He declared that those ofRead More

September Mystery Harbor: Kingman Yacht Center, Cataumet, Mass.

September Mystery Harbor: Kingman Yacht Center, Cataumet, Mass.

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

View’s even better with a Mudslide This view is from the end dock at Kingman Yacht Center, in Cataumet, Mass. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunset; even better if you are about 200 feet from this spot at the Chart Room, with one of their famous mudslides inRead More

Mystery Harbor for September: Guess the Harbor, Win a Hat

Mystery Harbor for September: Guess the Harbor, Win a Hat

August 24, 2020 at 8:20 am

If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick aRead More

Threading the needle

Threading the needle

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

Some of the coast’s most interesting eel ruts are invested of a particular attraction because only rarely do the tides, our timing, and the weather align, at which occasion we get to plumb the depths of interesting places like Pleasant Point Gut. Only a few hundred yards long, the slenderRead More

Saquatucket Municipal Marina (top), the Harwich Port harbormaster's office (right), and the view from the author's boat (above).

Harwich Port, Mass.: Home away from home

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

Home: safety, quietude, belonging. Port: haven for mariners and vessels. Saquatucket Harbor, in Harwich Port, Mass., has been our home port – away from our true home port – for 20 years.

The shack that launched 1,000 images: Rockport's iconic Motif #1 fish house, and (inset) the view of the harbor there from inside "the claws." Photo by Marilyn Pond Brigham

Rockport on my mind

July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

When I think of this Bay State port, I recall rocky beaches, lighthouses, lobsters, a vibrant downtown, rich commercial and political histories, the iconic Motif #1 fish house – and a brief moment of panic.

Everyone wants to know when the golf cart parade starts in town because no one can quite remember from last year. Dale, the harbormaster, always knows.Photo by Chris Birch

You’re a grand old isle . . .

June 22, 2020 at 12:10 am

And what better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Cuttyhunk, an old-time, back-to-basics island seven miles off the Massachusetts coast that simply reeks of independence from life’s complexities?

Ponham Rocks Light, in the Providence River. Photo courtesy Roger Kalenbach

The mouse that roars

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

Let’s join this peripatetic cruiser aboard his Saga 43 ILENE, around the cabin table, for a breezy account of a monthlong cruise along tiny Rhode Island’s extensive and varied shores.

Photo by James RudolphWholesaler Ray Trombley (in dark-blue sweatshirt) taking care of business at Casco Bay Shellfish.

Snapshot of a small Maine business

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

In total, Ray Trombley has spent 30 years making his living on the Maine coast. His career has taken him from digging clams to selling them wholesale at the establishment he owns – Casco Bay Shellfish in Brunswick, Maine.

Photo by Jack FarrellThe fishing vessel Rough Times. The boat's owner, Chris, fishes for lobster, tuna and scallops, but lobster is his staple, and the market is way down.

Peaceful, calm and uncharacteristically quiet

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

So far this year, summer weather has been trading places every few days with crisp sunny days more typical of October. The water temperature is still in the low 50’s and I am wearing a down jacket in the wheelhouse of the Hurricane most mornings. Recreational traffic has been veryRead More