Where in Maine

Friendship, Maine

Harry Lichtman

Can you name this harbor town?

An ingenious sailing vessel was born in this harbor in the late 19th century. It was built for lobstering, and its keel and the position of its sails allowed a solo sailor to heave to and stop the boat long enough to haul and re-bait traps. Prized today by recreational sailors, the vintage sloop style bears this town’s name; occasionally, one sails in during an annual rendezvous in a neighboring town. The style of gear on these wharves has changed since those boats were first launched, but the community remains a fishing town. At the tip of a 12-mile peninsula, it offers little for tourists — a couple of B&Bs, a small grocery. Not long ago, fear of losing the latter prompted residents to loosen their 99-year ban on alcohol sales. Today, the store sells beer and wine, but the town is otherwise dry — a prohibition that some locals suggest has less to do with temperance than with keeping at bay tourist-oriented businesses (and, by extension, tourists).

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