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This double-masted vessel may look like it cruised straight from the 1930s, but its traditional lines belie its modern construction, completed just fourteen years ago. With an impressive number of trips under its hull, however, this schooner is no newcomer to waters off southern Maine. Each summer, it departs daily from a town that once thrived on the shipbuilding and fishing industries, thanks to its river (which also lent the village its final name in 1821). During each voyage, passengers enjoy views of the rocky coastline — and perhaps a glimpse of one presidential family’s secluded residence. Though this coastal community is best known as a summer destination, it’s also received accolades for its unique Christmas Prelude, a thirty-one-year-old festival that brings residents and visitors together to cheer on the lighting of a giant Christmas tree — made entirely out of lobster traps.
If you can identify the homeport of this stately schooner, send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment at DownEast.com. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue—and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.
Photographed by Susan Cole Kelly