• Maritime Shorts

    Maritime Shorts

    Aquaculture lease  BAR HARBOR — The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is holding a remote public hearing to take evidence on an aquaculture lease application for a proposed standard 10-year lease on a 3.36-acre site in Western Bay. The location has been the site of a limited purpose lease held by Matt Gerald of Western Bay Oyster Co. The site is

  • 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

  • SWH Fleet race winners

    SWH Fleet race winners

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Nine Bullseye sailboats competed during July and August under the auspices of the Southwest Harbor Fleet. The SWH Fleet, started by Richard E. Rowse, began as the Southwest Harbor Yacht Racing Association in 1959 and was later incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1963. Initially, Cape Cod Bullseyes, a 16-foot fiberglass replica of a 1914 Herreshoff 12, a popular small sloop

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  Labor Day Series for the Burton Gray Trophy Sept. 5-6  The Fleet’s Labor Day series marks the end of the summer racing season. With IODs and Luders racing together, 11 boats stormed up Somes Sound Saturday morning in the first race.   Auriga, sailed by Gary Madeira, worked left early and then led that group back to the center to put

  • $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.

  • New Somes Sound pier approved 

    New Somes Sound pier approved 

    MOUNT DESERT — The Planning Board last Wednesday approved construction of a private pier on Broad Cove on the western side of Somes Sound.  It will be an 80-foot permanent pier with a 40-foot seasonal ramp and 24-foot seasonal float.  The owner of the property, at 50 Broad Cove Road, is listed with the town as Inner Point Trust, C/O

  • Sailing Leaderboard

    Sailing Leaderboard

    Northeast Harbor Fleet  IOD Class  August series for the Taormina Cup  On Monday, Aug. 24, the sailboat racing looked grim out on the Great Harbor with overcast skies and the motionless clouds. Eventually a bit of blue sky got the heat pump working between the east and west banks of Somes Sound and the racers were off from the