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Book Review: Down East Schooners & Shipmasters


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Nothing is more iconic of Maine than the image of a majestic vessel – masts raised – gliding through the fog on the dark North Atlantic. From the early days of the search for a Northwest Passage to the quest for the mysterious and illusive Norumbega, the history of Mount Desert Island, Hancock, Bar Harbor, and the rest of the Down East area has always travelled on schooners. Now, in the twenty-first century, these ships and their heritage, like lighthouses, are being preserved, and Mainers are sailing aboard them once again. In Downeast Schooners and Shipmasters, author Ingrid Grenon presents the most important and incredible stories from the decks of these schooners, revealing how these remarkable vessels and the Down East Coast of Maine are tied together. This is a soft cover book with 142 pages and includes numerous historic and modern-era black and white and color photographs. Down East Schooners and Shipmasters is available through Lighthouse Digest for $19.99.

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