Down East 2013 ©
During the Age of Sail, scores of shipbuilders in this southern Maine estuary launched almost three hundred brigs, schooners, and clipper ships. A coal shed, located on the south side where modern-day Hinckleys moor, supplied the wooden vessels making dangerous deliveries around Cape Horn. A lot next door hosted a couple of canneries in later years — one for sardines, and one in name only. If you lived on the harbor’s eastern shore, you were probably a Grant; the area was known as “Grantville,” for the family’s ubiquitous presence. Originally named after its Cape Cod counterpart, the town seceded from its inland half in 1849. Cottagers and commuters began relaxing here after the Second World War, and a tasty celebration was started in 1965. Yes, life in this coastal town has always been breezy. Almost too much so: Winds from fall storms forced the town to remove the church steeple pictured in the upper-left corner in 2006, but the structure was returned to its rightful perch this summer. Do you recognize this busy boatyard? Send us a note at PO Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; fire off an e-mail ; or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify it.