Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Wedding of legend and Legend celebrated at launching

    Wedding of legend and Legend celebrated at launching

    BROOKLIN — With the United States deep in the Great Depression, 1934 wasn’t a great year for most people, but it was a winner for author Ernest Hemmingway.  In April of that year, he took delivery of the 38-foot motorboat Pilar, his then wife’s nickname, custom built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. in its Brooklyn, N.Y., boatyard. Company records show he paid $7,495 (about $145,000

  • Lobstermen may get up to $50 million in pandemic relief funds 

    Lobstermen may get up to $50 million in pandemic relief funds 

    ELLSWORTH — Whatever the relationship between China and the United States — particularly the lobster industry — may be, Maine lobstermen are certainly living in interesting times.  Last week, a scant two months before the upcoming presidential election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would soon release some $530 million appropriated by Congress last March under the CARES Act to assist

  • $2 million awarded for lobster research 

    $2 million awarded for lobster research 

    BAR HARBOR – Maine’s Congressional delegation announced last week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative will again receive $2 million in funding to support Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank American lobster research priorities. This is the second consecutive year that the program has received federal money for the research to address critical gaps in knowledge about how American

  • Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid 

    Commissioner updates fishing community on federal aid 

    ELLSWORTH – It’s no secret that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been especially hard on small businesses and the self-employed.  While Maine workers who lost their jobs were, with greater or lesser difficulty, able to qualify for federally enhanced state unemployment insurance benefits, most fishermen were not so fortunate even though their incomes were substantially reduced.

  • EPA delays emissions rules

    ELLSWORTH —Maine’s beleaguered lobster fishermen got some rare good news last week, though it will benefit only a handful of them.  In a visit to Maine last Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a further delay in emissions control rules for large diesel engines to be installed in lobster boats. The delay also applies to

  • DMR will join effort to study white sharks

    BAR HARBOR — In late July, Maine experienced its first recorded fatal shark attack when a great white shark attacked a woman swimming close to shore in a cove on Bailey Island in Casco Bay.  Late last month, the Department of Marine Resources announced that it would be joining the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in

  • Federal judge gives NOAA time to craft new whale rules

    Federal judge gives NOAA time to craft new whale rules

    ELLSWORTH — A federal district court judge, in a decision issued on Aug. 19, gave the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) nine more months to craft new rules to protect endangered right whales from entanglement in lobster fishing gear.  Judge James E. Boasberg also denied a request by conservation organizations for an immediate ban on lobster

  • European Union cancels tariffs on U.S. lobsters

    European Union cancels tariffs on U.S. lobsters

    ELLSWORTH — United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan announced last Friday an agreement on a package of tariff reductions that will increase market access for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. and EU exports.  These tariff reductions are the first U.S.-EU negotiated reductions in duties in more than two decades.  Under the agreement, the EU will eliminate

  • Aircraft recovered from Morgan Bay 

    Aircraft recovered from Morgan Bay 

    SURRY  – When a small private plane made a forced landing in Morgan Bay last week, neither the pilot nor his passenger was seriously injured, but the single–engine, two–seat Cessna 150 was marooned upside down on a pile of rocks about 150 yards from the shore of Newbury Neck.  Last Saturday, “Diver Ed” Monat, from Bar Harbor, and Captain Wid Mincton’s salvage barge, Charles Bradley, from

  • Video captures young whale breaching off Long Island

    Video captures young whale breaching off Long Island

    ELLSWORTH — A sailing visit to the coast of Downeast Maine can be a wonderful adventure. Sailors can enjoy glorious vistas of towering mountains, steep shorelines and rugged islands, when they are not obscured by choking fog. Picturesque anchorages abound and, until the pandemic changed thing this summer, there was always the chance for visiting