Monday, October 23rd 2017In February 2014, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors joined a group of wildlife experts and photographers aboard Equinox for a visit to Seal Island, one of Penobscot Bay's outermost islands. A mile long by 300 yards across at its widest, Seal Island was historically a destination for harvesters of eggs, feathers, and meat, which contributed to the local extinction of gray seals and a variety of nesting seabirds. During World War II and until the 1960s, the military used the island for target practice, adding to the island's woes. Now part of the federal Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the island is home once again to a growing colony of gray seals and a wide variety of seabirds. For a full story on gray seals, visit maineboats.com.
Monday, October 23rd 2017The annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show on the Rockland, Maine waterfront features fine boats, arts, crafts, items for the homes, as well as great food and music. This video was shot and produced by Tyler Fields. The 2016 show will take place Aug. 12-14. For more information maineboats.com/boatshow
Monday, October 23rd 201740 years ago in April 1977, Wayne Hamilton started selling marine gear out his garage in Searsport, Maine, with his late wife, Loraine. Today, his company Hamilton Marine is one of the East Coast's largest ship chandleries. Here he repeats on of his earliest advertising slogans.
Monday, October 23rd 2017Another beauty from John's Bay Boat Co. Rhum is launched on May 13, 2017. Launching the old-fashioned way, down a marine railway instead of via Travel Lift.
Monday, October 23rd 2017If the air is still and cold enough, usually under 10 degrees, great wisps of sea smoke hover and drift above the ocean surface. That "smoke" actually is water vapor that forms when really cold air moves over relatively warmer water and the thin boundary layer of warm air just above the surface. When the evaporating water rises, the cold air can only hold so much moisture, forcing the liquid to condense into fog. Clouds rise like smoke from the sea's surface, dispersing and reforming, turning bays and coves into ephemeral cauldrons of submarine fire. North Atlantic fishermen called it white frost or black frost.