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Page 4. MAINE COASTAL NEWS October 2015

Maine Coastal News Winterport, Maine 04496-0710 U.S.A.

P.O. Box 710 (207) 223-8846 Fax (207) 223-9004 E-mail - Web site: Publisher's Note With the end of the Newport Interna-

tional Boat Show in Newport, RI my summer came to a crashing end on 20 September. Now I can take the fall, winter and spring to recoup, but I am already looking forward to the start of next summer with the Boothbay Harbor Lobster Boat Races in June. But fi rst there is a barn to fi nish, an apple orchard to deal with before the snow fl ies and some computerization of marine-related informa- tion.

Like many, I do not like going too far Maine Coastal News is published 12 times a year and is dedicated to covering the news

along the entire coast of Maine, Kittery to Eastport. We cover general marine news, commercial fi shing, yachting (power and sail), boat yard and waterfront news and maritime history. Distribution of Maine Coastal News is from Eastport to Marblehead, MA and is free on

the newsstand. It also can be obtained by subscription. A year subscription, 12 issues, is $20.00. A single copy is $2.00, which covers the postage. Foreign rates for subscriptions are $40.00 per year.

T e Maine Coastal News offi ce is located at 966 North Main Street, Winterport, Maine. Comments or additional information write: Maine Coastal News, P.O. Box 710, Winterport,

Maine 04496. Publisher Editor-in-Chief

Jon B. Johansen Rachel Elward

Advertising Sara MacCorkle To contact Sara directly: (207) 350-7094

Advertising Deadlines: T e deadline for the November issue is October 9. T e deadline for the December issue is November 13.

MCN's Calendar

On-Going Exhibits: – 1 November 2015 Making the Best of It: T e Spirit and Work Ethic of Marine People

Maine Maritime Museum Bath Info: (207) 443-1316

14 November 2015 – 15 May 2016 Wavelength: T e Story of Signals at Sea

Maine Maritime Museum Bath Info: (207) 443-1316

OCTOBER 3 - SailMaine Regatta – Fall Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

10 - SailMaine Regatta – Fall Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

10 Maine Lobster Boat Racing Assoc. Awards Banquet & Dinner Jeff ’s Catering Brewer Info: (207) 223-8846

NOVEMBER 3-7 – 5th

World Maritime Technology Conference

RI Convention Center & Omni Hotel

Providence Info: wmtc/ home

7 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

14 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

21 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

28 - SailMaine Regatta - Frosty Series 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 772-7245

DECEMBER 1-3 - NEFMC Meeting Holiday Inn by the Bay Portland

10 Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference

“Yacht Designer’s Forum” Maine Maritime Museum Bath Info: (207) 899-7570


JANUARY 26-28 - NEFMC Meeting Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth, NH

MARCH 18-20 Maine Boatbuilder’s Show Portland Yacht Service 58 Fore Street Portland Info: (207) 774-1067

HELP WANTED Marine Mechanic

At Strouts Point Wharf Company South Freeport, Maine 04078

We are a 110 slip marina specializing in wood boat restoration, 25 ton Traveliſt and 15 ton crane.

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south, Augusta is really far enough. How- ever, there is no question Newport can be enjoyable, especially for the boater. It is not what it used to be though. I remember back to the America’s Cup in the early 1980s, covering the many other races held there, especially the single-handers, or those cruis- ers from all over the world that stopped in for a visit. T ere was a bar on Goat Island where they all met, but that has changed. T ere was an upsurge in real estate develop- ment on the shore of Newport in the 1980s and gone is Newport Off shore where many America’s Cup racers were modifi ed. T ere are still some racers and cruisers stopping by Newport, but not like in those days. T e history of Newport is very inter-

esting and a trip down Bellevue Avenue and seeing the mansions makes that more than obvious. Some of the stories about these homes and owners can be captivating. My favorite is Rosecliff , which many might remember seeing in the movie Great Gatsby with Robert Redford. T e main dining room is so big that one owner used it to roller skate in it. A great story about this mansion was just before World War II, this house was bought and given to a young woman as a 21st

birthday present. T e young wom-

an did not think she needed a care-taker during the winter and froze all the pipes. T e heart-shaped staircase was covered in ice and a photograph of this made one of the major weekly news publications. T ere was extensive water damage to the whole house, but especially the plaster ceiling in the dining room. Fortunately when the home was restored the moulds were all found in the basement. A sad story about this home was when one owner purchased her he had her completely redone and on his way to see it for the fi rst time he was killed in a traffi c accident. We are lucky that a number of these mansions have been saved by the Newport Preservation Society and open for tours. If in Newport they are a must see.

Newport was once a navy town and it

was said that you could not take a drink in every bar on T ames Street and make it from one end to the other standing. Something that most will relate to is DiMillo’s restaurant in Portland is the old Jamestown ferry that went between Newport and Jamestown. I remember being on her once as a car ferry. When I am down for the boat show

there is little you can do outside of the show, unless you go down early or leave later. T is year I was wife-less, as Ann attended her brother’s wedding so I lived it up and spent two nights in the public library reading old newspapers from 1846. I found a lot of refer- ences to Maine vessels arriving or departing, as Newport was a great stopping over port, especially on their way to or from Provi- dence. T ere were a number of references to the new steamer ROGER WILLIAMS, which had just started running between Providence and New York. However, what made it all worth while was fi nding the loss of the Canadian brig SUTLEJ from Pictou. She struck on Sow & Pigs at the western end of Cuttyhunk Island in Buzzards Bay with the loss of about 30 people on board. T ere were a number of huge write-ups of the wreck, with personal accounts and even one from her home-port of Pictou, now they just need to be transcribed. T is is a daily newspaper and I was able to get the fi rst three months done. Let us not fi gure how many hours it will take to complete this project. Two weekends before heading to New-

port, Ann and I went to Gloucester to sail in the schooner race on board John Foss’ AMERICAN EAGLE. Talk about maritime history, especially with ties to the State of Maine. Last winter I found a number of yearly reports that listed the fi shing vessels of Gloucester, and other fi shing ports of New England, as well as masters, disasters and those people that were lost. I computerized these, but there were gaps, and I heard that maybe they did not publish these reports every year. Hopefully this winter I can fi nd time to start working in the Gloucester papers, and with other sources, fi ll in the gaps, to create a single source. What was real interesting about the race was seeing the replica of COLUMBIA, designed by W. Star- ling Burgess, sailing. Even though I knew the dimensions, you really do not picture her being that big. What a beautiful vessel and fast. What did surprise me was she did not have much freeboard and wondered how wet she was though.

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