October: Falmouth, Mass. Inner Harbor


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 a winner from all of the correct entries and print the answers in the next issue of Points East and also post them here.

That splotch of red is MacDougall’s Marine

The October/November Mystery Harbor is Falmouth, Mass. The picture was taken from the small parking lot on Robbins Road, at the head of the harbor.  The Island Queen, the ferry that carries visitors and provisions to Martha’s Vineyard, is visible on the left (east) side of the harbor, as are Pier 37’s elevated small-boat storage racks on the right (west) side.

Seen farther down the east side, past the gray condominium buildings (which are near the six-mile mark of the Falmouth Road Race) can be seen a splotch of red. That’s MacDougall’s Cape Cod Marine Services. I spent most of my childhood summers in East Falmouth, and in 1962 and ’63, worked at the Harbor View Fish Market, which then was near the mouth of the harbor, across from the Falmouth Yacht Club. We sailed all manner of small craft in and around the area.

Jim Parmentier
Brunswick, Maine

I’ve cruised there many times

The answer is Falmouth, Mass. The photo was taken up at the head of the harbor. On the right side, beyond the rack storage, is the town marina. On the left is the Island Queen’s ferry landing. She runs to Oak Bluffs, on Martha’s Vineyard. Farther down on the left is MacDougall’s Marine. I have cruised to this harbor many times.

John Lemos
Seekonk, Mass.

Tinkerbelle departed from here

The harbor is Falmouth Harbor, in Falmouth Mass. The shot looks to have been taken close to the spot from which Robert Manry left on June 1, 1965, in Tinkerbelle, for his famous trip to Falmouth, England, in his 13 ½-foot Old Town sailboat. My buddy was a teenager working at Bill Litzgow’s boatyard at the time. Bill knew what was being planned, but he kept mum until after Tinkerbelle departed. We learned he successfully arrived on Aug.17. The harbor has certainly gotten busier since then.

Your magazine is the best; I look forward to each issue. I get them at the local West Marine. I read it cover to cover and like all aspects of it – from the letters to the classifieds. Keep up the good work, and don’t change a thing.

Richard Lovering
Woods Hole, Mass.

There’s much to say about harbor

There is not enough room to tell you! The 137-foot navy-hulled yacht Hilarium is on left side of picture, and what looks like Plugger, above Hilarium, backed in. Owner Peter Nicholas has a gorgeous fleet, all with the signature blue hulls and boot tops. Just beyond that you see the Travelift at East Marine. I was the GM of EM for six years when it was owned by Peter Nicholas. On the right side of the photo is Pier 37’s dry-rack storage. I was the forklift operator for two years back in the early ‘80s. MacDougall’s Cape Cod Marine Services is up on the left, and Falmouth Marine is across from MacDougalls (I worked there too!).

Susann Koelsch
Boston, Mass.

Ah yes, Falmouth Harbor, Mass.

As a young boy vacationing in Megansett  (North Falmouth), one of the highlights of the year was going down to Falmouth Harbor and walking along the bulkhead, looking at the boats. This always brought up dreams of someday owning one and cruising the northeast. As I got older, dinner at the Flying Bridge was always a treat.

Jack Partridge
Hamilton, Mass.

Photograph just missed my boat

The mystery harbor is Falmouth (Mass.) Inner Harbor. Falmouth Inner Harbor was created by dredging a channel from Deacons Pond to the area of Vineyard Sound known as Falmouth Harbor. Surf Drive Beach, immediately west of the channel, is home to the Old Stone Dock, rebuilt in 1817. Most know this as “the kiddee pool” now. The photo was taken from the end of the harbor; m/v Hilarium is on the left, Pier 37 on the right. If the photographer had been a few paces to his left, my boat would have been visible.

Joel Peterson
m/v After You
Falmouth, Mass.

Quahogged here in 1960s, ’70s

The photo of Falmouth Inner Harbor was shot with the photographer’s back to Robbins Road. The Pier 37 rack is to the right. The Island Queen would be on the left, but she’s on a run to Oak Bluffs. The red building in the ditance on the left is MacDougall’s boatyard. I dug quahogs in this harbor for the state in the 1960s and ’70s for transplanting. In years past, I also spearfished for eels through the ice. I was born in Falmouth, and have lived in Falmouth, all of my 66-plus years

John W. Sylvia, Sr.
Falmouth, Mass.

It’s six blocks from our house

Answer: Falmouth Harbor; Falmouth, Mass., Cape Cod. The Mystery Harbor is about six blocks from our house, and I pass it each day on my way to work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. To the right can be seen the powerboat racks at Pier 37. To the left is the area where the Island Queen ferry to Martha’s Vineyard docks, and farther down is MacDougall’s boatyard. The picture is looking south to the harbor entrance on Vineyard Sound. Great magazine! I always pick it up when we are in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Keith Bradley
Falmouth, Mass.

Thanks for the love Keith. You also can pick up Points East in your home town, at a half-dozen distribution points, including MacDougall’s.

From a taciturn Yankee lady

Falmouth Harbor, Mass.!

Lisa Partridge Ramsbottom
Newport, R.I.

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