Penobscot Bay : People, Ports and Pastimes

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-20
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Penobscot Bay is the jewel of mid-coast Maine, a landscape of close-knit communities and picturesque ports whose scenery is matched only by its rich history. Granite from the quarries on Vinalhaven has built bridges, banks and monuments in twenty-three states. Ships launched in Searsport and Belfast have traveled the world. Harry Gratwick explores these and other episodes in Penobscot Bay's past, from the first recorded solar eclipse in Islesboro in 1780 to a covert meeting between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941. He also recalls some of the region's most indelible characters and traditions, including South Orrington's Earl 'on the River' Morrill and the Vinalhaven North Haven basketball rivalry. Describing war, sport, industry and tragedy, he captures the essence of Penobscot Bay.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
A Penobscot Passagep. 17
Ship Stories
Submarines in the Bayp. 33
Monhegan's Venerable Laura B Turns Sixty-Fivep. 37
Remembering the Mainers Onboard the USS Mainep. 40
Rendezvous: The Last Liberty Launch?p. 43
Mainers in War and Peace
General Henry Knox, Maine's Forgotten Founding Fatherp. 47
Lest We Forget: Vinalhaven Goes to Warp. 51
Jack Elliot: The Vietnam War Hero from Thomastonp. 61
Preserving the Past
Three Island Historical Societies: North Haven, Isleboro, Vinalhavenp. 65
Penobscot Bay and Beyond
Heavy Freight: When Vinalhaven Granite Traveled the Countryp. 75
President Roosevelt "Goes Fishing"p. 85
Maine and the Centennial of the Great White Fleetp. 95
Fun and Games
Play Ball, Island Stylep. 101
The Game: North Haven v. Vinalhavenp. 108
North Haven Dinghy Storiesp. 112
When Hollywood Came to Vinalhaven: The Filming of Deep Watersp. 117
A Trip to Turnerp. 121
Bibliographyp. 125
About the Authorp. 127
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