“USA 🇺🇸 ~Maine Old Port of Portland Boat Tour ~Fabulous!”

We had a very enjoyable Boat Tour out of Portland’s Old Port. (Discovery Bay dot com).
We even got a break in the weather, after we got under way, so I could have some fun with photos.
We saw an Eagles nest, and one Eagle flying around it. We also saw Atlantic Harbor Seals.
Our tour guide shared a lot of interesting history from the area and added humor to his dialogue. It was a great outing, and of course the three of us together, making more memories was the best!


Hope you Enjoy the photos and reading!



Interesting….set up where we boarded the boat 

“This tour includes everything you would see on the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise and More! Join us on a 105 minute narrated daytime cruise to see all that beautiful Casco Bay has to offer.  This unique opportunity offers guests the ability to experience the iconic lighthouses and sights of Portland Harbor AND the picturesque waterway known as Diamond Pass. Our cruise first explores the bustling inner harbor and main shipping channel to get close up views of Civil War era fortifications and the lighthouses that have guided mariners into Portland Harbor for over a century- including a close-up view of Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse, Portland Head Light!  As we weave our way among the islands, we enter Diamond Pass long considered to be the “gateway to the Calendar Islands.” Cruise past the villages and Victorian cottages on the islands and get a glimpse into island life.”

Portland, Maine, is one of New England’s most vibrant seaside cities; a place where lobstermen and lawyers walk the same streets, and every quintessential coastal experience you’ve imagined is either within city limits or a short drive away.
Of course, that means lighthouses are a part of Portland’s fabric.
One of Maine’s most photographed beacon is Portland Head Light; a treasured symbol of the city and a romantic spot for a stroll. Four more lighthouses are within a 20-minute driving distance.

The Floating Restaurant:
In 1982, the doors as “DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant opened.”
One of the largest such restaurants in the country, her overall length is 206 feet, with a beam of 65 feet. She weighs 701 tons and boasts a -horsepower steam engine (but we promise not to fire it up while you’re dining). We are able to seat over 600 guests in our First Deck Dining Room, Port Side Lounge, Second Deck Dining Rooms and three Outside Decks.

more interesting info: https://www.dimillos.com/about-us/history/


Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse 
Civil War era Fortifications⬆️⬇️
Fort Preble is a remnant of Portland, Maine’s naval history.
The fort was built in 1808 to help enforce the trade embargo that was enacted by President Thomas Jefferson against the British in 1807.
It was named after navy officer Edward Preble, who was born in Portland and died a year before its completion.   Following distinguished service in the Revolutionary War, Preble eventually rose to the rank of Commodore.
Fort Preble is the scene of the only known Civil War conflict fought in Maine; the Battle of Portland Harbor.
The Civil War had raged for nearly two years by the early summer of 1863. Confederate Lieutenant Charles W. Read, was raiding and commandeering numerous boats, before transferring his crew to the Tacony, on June 12.
Captain Read and his men captured fifteen more ships for the South over a course of twelve days before transferring to a schooner; the Archer, which he sailed into Portland in search of a new prize.
Within the safety of Casco Bay, was the revenue cutter, the Caleb Cushingand a passenger steamboat, the Chesapeake. Read attempted to hijack the Chesapeake but the steamboat’s boiler refused to start. Frustrated, Read set his sights instead on the Caleb. On the morning of June 26, 1863, Read made his move and his crew dressed as fishermen boarded the vessel but were unable to set sail through lack of wind.

⬆️ An illustration from the Civil War HARPER’S WEEKLY, DATED JULY 11, 1863. Showing the Caleb Cushing ablaze.

Kathryn DeFillipio of the South Portland Historical Society explains that it is unclear whether Read and his men were overcome by the citizens of Portland, Union forces or a combination of both.
What is known  is that with insufficient wind to escape, and unable to find the secret compartments of arms and ammunition on the cutter, the Confederates set fire to the Caleb Cushing in desperation and abandoned ship.
Read and his men were taken into custody and imprisoned at Fort Preble. Local citizens were thought to be so outraged by their actions that extra guards were needed to protect them, before they were moved to Fort Warren in Boston Harbor for their own safety.
Today, it’s difficult to imagine such escapades in Casco Bay. Fort Preble was in continual service for almost two hundred and fifty years before being decommissioned in 1950.
Preserved by the Southern Maine Community College, Fort Preble is an important reminder of our military history.

The floating Prison

Ram Island Ledge Light ⬆️

⬆️ Portland Head Light. I thought we would get way closer to this famous lighthouse, but we turned away at this point 

Though we had explored many lighthouses, Beauregard Chelsie arrived, we thought we could at least get her in view of some, before we headed to Massachusetts. 

Bottom left corner. American Bald Eagle 

Just to the left of the rock, an Atlantic Harbor Seal 

Homes belonging to the wealthy. These homes took a longer time to build, as the rules include no construction noise during summer peak season on the islands. Also, all material is shipped over by boat.
⬆️ A Beautiful historic home. The original owner was last seen aboard the Titanic helping women and children into life boats. He met his own demise in that fateful voyage. His defendants continue to own the nine-bedroom home and property. 


Sailboat Racing was going on

⬆️ Similar dance studio design as the set on “Dirty Dancing.” Perhaps this played a role in inspiration

 



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