Little Coves

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We left Camden early on Tuesday, July 27th, eager to meet Magnolia again in a little cove on the west side of Blue Hill Bay. Trivia fact: E.B. White wrote the classic Charlotte’s Web in a boathouse on the western shore.

7:00 am, another good day on the water. It soon became a typical day on the water in Maine as maneuvered through field after field of lobster buoys.

An hour into the ride, Al spotted a lobster buoy that wasn’t behaving like most buoys and appeared to be floating with a drifting bunch of weeds. We circled back to pick up it up as a souvenir. 

Our route (the wiggly yellow line) from Camden on the left took us through Deer Island Thoroughfare, a narrow but well-marked passage, to Allen Cove, on the upper right. 32 nautical
Mark Island Light

Stonington is a working fishing town. Many people stop here, but we were just passing through.

Stonington, on our port side, the north side of Deer Island Thoroughfare.
Two Bush Island. You have to respect such descriptive name.
Entering Allen Cove off of Blue Hill Bay
Kindred Spirit anchored securely in the little cove.
Magnolia arrives
Reunited with Magnolia’s crew. Dinner together tonight!
Harriman Point is a  public preserve owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
A little beach on Harriman Cove.
Al found some sea glass, most of which was too raw to keep except for this one. It looks rather old from the thickness and color of the glass.

We picked up anchor and headed over to Swan’s Island, just 10 nautical miles away, on Wednesday.

James Swan, a participant in the Boston Tea Party and Bunker Hill,  purchased the island from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1786. In 1830, he died in debtor’s prison in France never realizing his dream of an “island empire.”  Why does that matter? The name of the island became just Swans Island  until the bicentennial in 1986 when the islanders petitioned to restore the original and grammatically name with the apostrophe – Swans Island.  

We anchored in Mackerel Cove, a large bay on the north side because of predicted strong southerly winds, which never materialized. It was very quiet and serene, even with the ferry that arrived and departed every day.

The Swan’s Island Ferry travels back and forth between Swan’s and Bass Harbor on the southwest side of Mount Dessert Island.

After settling in, we dinghied over to the dinghy dock next to the ferry. Taking a walk on the only road there was, we came upon the Lobster and Marine Museum in a tiny little house dedicated to preserving the island’s lobster and fishing history. We paid a visit and had a nice chat with the woman there who has maintained the museum since her husband, its founder, passed away. 

Lobster and Marine Museum, Swan’s Island
She explained that her husband dedicated each of the several rooms with a theme – lobstering, fishing, natural history, boat building.

After our walk and lunch, we took a dinghy tour around the cove. It was a beautiful cove, quiet and serene, the edges filled with nooks and crannies of rocks. Those nooks catch loose lobster buoys.

An old metal boat was sunk and lodged in this nook.
Lobster pots get stuck in the nooks and crannies, too.
Why not add another to the growing collection?
Wish we could find ones with other colors. Green and orange seem to be our team colors.
Kindred Spirit is serenely waiting for our return.
Sunset in Mackerel Cove.

I awoke early on Thursday and peaked out the pilot house window. Just one of those lucky moments because the sun was also waking. The glow began at 4:50 am until the sun was visible before 5:38 am.

Good Morning! Time to move on again.

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