Mystery Harbor Winner for March/April: Eastport, Maine

Our winner is:

We spent a few days at the dock

John Maull and his first mate on the floating dock at Calais, Maine during their Eastport expedition.

We have visited Eastport in the past to clear into the U.S. coming back from the St. John River. It’s a nice town to spend a few days. This past 2021 COVID summer, we spent a few days on the dock. We appreciated the fuel (by truck), water, and groceries; we even got our propane tank filled at the campground. After spending a few days in the quiet anchorages of Cobscook Bay, we moved up the St. Croix River to Calais and spent three days on the town dock getting a COVID test (Walgreens) before checking into Canada at St. Andrews. Calais was a pleasant stop with two grocery stores, a laundry, a nice library, and a music festival. The town dock will take a 5 1/2 ft draft boat, even with the 22-foot tide. It had been so long since a cruising sailboat tied up there that they sent the newspaper down to interview us. These were some of our unanticipated surprises in way Down East Maine during the 2021 COVID summer.

John Maull

JULIA

Exeter, New Hampshire

Other correct entries:

If anyone would know, it’s David

It’s Eastport, Maine, where we visited aboard the Leight many times.

Nice town. Nice people.

David Buckman

Round Pond, Maine 

Just look at that tideline

No doubt that this is Eastport, Maine.

Just look at that tideline! It looks like Bay of Fundy 20-foot tides to me! The porta-johns are most likely the same ones the crew and I put to “use” prior to delivering a 38 Shannon Pilot cutter down from Chester, Nova Scotia. Funny story. We left Eastport bound for Roque Island. New boat, new crew, new fog, old lobster pots with toggles. We get into Roque afternoon and anchor.  Fog lifts (of course), so I treat the crew to a well-deserved BBQ pork chop dinner w/ potatoes and veggies.  We set the food on the table in the cabin, and Joey (aka Biker Joey) would like his pork chop more “well done.” So, he returns to the grill hanging off the transom to cook it more. I ask him if he shut off the propane. He indicates “yes.” Time goes on, and we clean up, and suddenly the stars are out, and the two city boys are literally “star-struck.” I join them topsides…gazing at the heavens. Since I’m here… might as well dismount and store the BBQ. I grab the thing with intent like Kwai Chang Cain… and scream like holy #$#@#@. It had been burning for the past 45 minutes while we ate! It sizzled off my fingerprints!  My nickname for the rest of the trip was “ol sizzle fingers.” More serious note for those cruising in the area… be cautious of the Old Sow Whirlpool.

Trust but verify.

Brian Corbett

Marblehead, Mass.

Great place to explore

We’ve been to Eastport many times, checking in with border control from voyages to Nova Scotia, St John, and Bras d’or Lakes. Often, there is no room within the breakwater area, so we’ve gone around to the western side or to the northeast of the breakwater. Rayes Mustard is always on the agenda! Eastport is a great place to walk around, re-provision and poke around in a local marine warehouse, get a bite to eat and just enjoy being a landlubber, albeit briefly! There are a lot of lovely places to drop anchor nearby.

Jane Davin

Cushing, Maine

Working waterfront

The harbor in this month’s issue of Points East Magazine is Eastport’s inner harbor located on Passamaquoddy Bay. The land on the horizon is Campobello Island in Canada, famously known for the location of Roosevelt’s summer cottage. I recognized the harbor immediately as my husband and I live in Eastport and was thrilled to see the photo. The large pier on the left is called the breakwater, and the pier in the center of the photo is the fisherman’s pier. Eastport is a working waterfront, and many lobster boats are docked there year-round, along with Coast Guard vessels. The lobster boats also drag for scallops and urchins once the lobster season is over. As a deep seaport with 24-foot tides, cargo ships, research vessels, Navy ships, and cruise ships dock at the breakwater from time to time. There is another pier on the north end of the breakwater where seasonal pleasure crafts dock. We have a permanent spot for our sailboat (Southern Cross 31) on the north pier and love its proximity to town. The breakwater is a very popular place to fish for mackerel for folks of all ages. Additionally, the most popular summertime eatery in town is Rosie’s hot dogs, right on the breakwater – there is always a line full of people waiting for the delicious food. In short: we love living in Eastport and sailing on the bay.

Pam Koenig 

Eastport, Maine

Incredible tides

I hope I’m not too late, but the mystery harbor is Eastport, Maine. Looks much bigger in real life: beautiful views, nice people, and incredible tides on Passamaquoddy Bay.

Capt. Mark Phillips

Round Pond, Maine

Rosie’s to the right

The March/April mystery harbor is Eastport, Maine. Rosie’s hotdog stand is just to the right of this scene, just out of view.

Stephen Preston

Machias, Maine

Extreme tides

Your Mystery Harbor of the month looks like Eastport, Maine, with Canada in the background. Our last visit to this extreme-tide village was in early April 2020, seeking sea glass at the town’s infamously well-supplied beaches – leftover from the cannery days. I believe Kathy came away with over four pounds of pottery and aged sea glass. The town was essentially still closed for winter, plus the early stages of Covid, so we had to utilize the two porta-potties in the foreground of the photo. They were very clean and well-stocked with toilet paper – when you couldn’t buy any in stores!

Tim Plouff

Otis, Maine

Whales feed nearby

The mystery harbor in your March/April 2022 issue is Eastport Harbor in Eastport, Maine. Just out of view to the right is Eastport’s famous Fisherman Statue. I’ve been to this harbor several times, but only once by water (through the challenging Lubec Narrows). The tidal range here is very extreme, as you can see by the waterlines on the bulkheads. When I visited by boat, whales were feeding in Cobscook Bay within easy view of the harbor. Canada lies across the bay, and in between is the western hemisphere’s largest whirlpool: the “Old Sow.”

Jay Meyer

Falmouth, Maine

We’re 90 minutes away, but we knew it was Eastport

Our new bundle of Points East was delivered to Hammond Lumber in Cherryfield, Maine today.  Everyone I showed the Mystery Harbor knew that it was Eastport.  Eastport may be about 90 minutes’ drive from here, but we all knew the harbor right away.  I used to fish for cod with a friend and motor right through the Great Sow!

Ingrid Halonen

Cherryfield, Maine

 

Also known as the “Million Dollar Pier”

That’s the Eastport Maine inner basin with the breakwater that was rebuilt after section of it tumbled into the basin in December 2014 damaging several boats and sinking  the Port Authority pilot boat.  Originally constructed in 1962 and known as the “Million Dollar Pier.”

Brian Swan

Rockport, Maine

Watching figure skating at the Waco Diner

Driving tugs for Penobscot Towing and then for my partner’s and my own company, Maineport Towboats in Belfast, I’ve had many great times in Eastport harbor.

In the mid-1980s, the Port of Eastport was served by LASH vessels, ships that lift cargo-laden barges out of the water to be stacked on deck. I first started working on tugs there, as we moved barges to the LASH ships at anchor. Eastport is a harbor that puts meaning into the concept of “tides.” We realized right away that when we went ashore for dinner, we’d need to leave ladders on the dock so that we could get down onto our tugs for the night.

One winter in the mid-1990s, my crew and I spent six weeks in late winter in Eastport harbor on the Tug Mack Point. Eastport’s tugs were out of service, and so we provided tug assists for dockings and sailings.

We took lots of our meals at the Waco Diner. One evening, cold and hungry, my crew and I headed into the Waco. We ordered pub grub, probably burgers. NCAA March Madness was underway. We really wanted to watch the game being broadcast live that night. We tucked into our meals and settled back.

The time for the game grew near. The tv was on, and the regulars were seated at the bar, right in front of the screen overhead. Fishermen, construction workers, office staff, off-duty wardens. They seemed enthralled. What were they watching? Figure skating. We didn’t ask to change the channel.

John Worth