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Along The Shore

A Sea Captain and the House He Built

From Kittery to Calais, Maine’s coastal towns and cities are graced with 19th-century homes built by the state’s prosperous shipbuilders, vessel owners, and sea captains. In Brunswick, one of the most notable is the Captain George W. McManus House of 1858.

Sea Tales at the Big Table

Back in Rockland’s fishing heyday, fishermen would gather around a big table at a local bar and share stories.

Welcome Downeast

Summer camp, earwigs, and weeds

Islesboro: A Quiet Island Interlude

Exploring a 14-mile long island in Penobscot Bay.

An Australian in Acadia

Leaning into abstraction, Joanna Logue’s Maine landscapes offer visions of a new world.

All the Things You Never Knew About Barnacles

Strong-shelled and firmly cemented in place, barnacles shrug off even the strongest waves at high tide. Sharp-edged and closely clustered, they are a reminder that the sea is rough and therefore tend to be avoided. Their ubiquity means they also tend to be ignored—except by naturalists.

Boating Simplified: A Sailor takes to Canoes

A long-time sailor discovers the hassle-free joy of canoeing.

Clara Martin and the Earliest Guide for Mount Desert Island Tourists

One of the earliest guidebooks to Mount Desert was written by a woman, Clara Barnes Martin.

The Joy of Sailing with Friends and Family

Discovering the rewards of a different kind of adventure.

Dark Harbor 20

Designed by Olin Stephens, Dark Harbor 20s, fast, easy to handle, and lovely, have been racing on Penobscot Bay for 85 years.

Articles from our sponsors

Forest Society of Maine: Conservation Connections from the Forests to the Coast

This page is sponsored by the Ocean Ledges Fund of the Maine Community Foundation with the goal of supporting education and conservation.

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

It’s 3 a.m. on a mid-September morning as Captain Matt Trundy swings his 43-foot fishing boat F/V Savanna Says toward the thorofare off Stonington Harbor.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Prominent by sea and land, the coastal mountains that run along the western side of Penobscot Bay east to Mount Desert island are part of a scenic landscape that defines the incredible sense of place of this region.

Saving wild fish and their rivers

Since 1982 the Downeast Salmon Federation has worked tirelessly with citizens, local government, state and federal agencies, and tribal communities to assure that our rivers and communities stay special and continue to thrive.

Creating the Silicon Valley of Climate Change

When one hears the words Silicon Valley, one often thinks of the world’s tech capital, where giants such as Google, Facebook, and Hewlett-Packard emerged as giants. Silicon Valley became the epicenter of tech, where the best and brightest scientists and developers were met with venture capital and government funding to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Schoodic Institute is the largest of 18 Research Learning Centers in the National Park System.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust

Protecting land, public access, and a way of life

Friends of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge was founded to support the Refuge in its efforts to conserve, preserve and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy: Ensuring a Healthy Future for the Gulf of Maine

The Gulf of Maine, chilled from arctic currents and rich with plankton, has historically been one of the most productive fishing grounds on Earth-one that supports Mainers, providing food for our tables and jobs for our neighbors.