Once again we departed under a cloudy sky. The good news was the flat seas, the not-so-good was the overcast skies.
Coming from the east through Fisherman’s Island Passage to head up into Boothbay, we passed Ram Island Lighthouse, built in 1883 and automated in 1965. (Trivia fact – There are twenty-one Ram Islands in Maine.)
We picked up a mooring from Tugboat Inn & Marina. Peter was very nice and helpful on the phone. It seems as though he is a “one-man show” for the marina side of the business. Once again, it was a random choice, selected primarily because of the proximity to town. (Side note – I had bashed my little toe on a dash from the pilot house to the aft cabin and it was bruised with a very sore ripped chunk of toe that required a bandage at all times. It hurts. Lesson learned, again – DO. NOT. RUN.) Anyway, Tugboat was adequate, but not special. We later saw 3-4 Krogens on the other side of the harbor at Carousel Marina.
The Footbridge is a landmark in Boothbay Harbor. The original span of the historic footbridge was built in 1901 by Luther Maddocks for $1500. At that time it was a hand-operated swing span to allow larger vessels to reach the head of the harbor. It was completely reconstructed in the 1970s and the pilings and swing span were reconstructed in 2017. The bridge is classified as a moveable bridge, but the swing doesn’t function. The town is in the planning process to save the footbridge from decay and sea level rise.
Near the center of the footbridge was a section of chain link fencing with locks hanging on it. I had never seen this and couldn’t figure out the purpose. Curiosity led me to google it and it took a few attempts before I found search words that led to the answer. Who knew??
Low tide at head of harbor
There is lots to see walking around Boothbay, definitely a lot of shops. As you may well expect, we found ice cream.
We also taste tested Finn McCool’s ice cream on another day. Finn McCool’s is a much smaller place that uses all-natural locally sourced ingredients. Al had the amaretto chocolate cherry and I tried the dark and stormy, a rum and ginger combination, just to try something different.
It might have been gloomy and overcast here in Boothbay Harbor, but a visit from Sam and Kayda brightened our stay!
We are hoping for a change in the weather pattern for the next leg of our cruise.