"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 30, 2016

Aug. 29 – Camden, ME

Lyman Morse Marine Mooring

“Mind on a permanent vacation, the ocean is my only medication. This Champagne shore washing over me, it’s a sweet, sweet life living by the salty sea.”—Zac Brown Band
Our destination today was Camden, just across Penobscot Bay from Pulpit Harbor. Camden is a picturesque town in the center of Maine's mid-coast region, nestled at the foot of Camden Hills on Penobscot Bay. Its slogan is “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” and is considered by many visitors (us included) to be one of the most beautiful places in New England. Coming into the inner harbor is enchanting...boats of all kinds and sizes, old buildings, action going on everywhere and the beautiful mountains as a backdrop to it all.

This is one of our all time favorite places on the east coast. We are on one of the floating docks at the head of the harbor…we have an unobstructed view of the Windjammers that are docked here. Camden has a large fleet of these tall-masted schooners. A Windjammer is a type of merchant sailing ship used in the 19th to 20th century, there are ten docked in the harbor during the summer months. Some are used for short day cruises and others can be booked for overnight cruises. The day cruises came in and out of the harbor all day, filled with passengers wanting to experience the same sights we've seen on our way into Camden and the nice thing is they come right by the boat.

We’ve decided to relax and spend the week here. There’s a lot to do, plus it’s fun to watch the parade of boats that come in and out of the harbor. But the main reason for staying all week…the Windjammer Festival is this weekend and we will have a front row seat to all the activities. It should be fun.

Our home for the next week
Olad - Originally called the "Whistle Binkie", Olad was designed by Chester A. Crosby and built in 1927 as a private yacht. Originally 47' 9" overall, she now measures 57'.  
Appledore II was launched on August 22, 1978, the Schooner Appledore II is the largest of her four sister ships, Appledores I, III, IV, and V. The last schooner custom built by the Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol. She now sails in Camden during the summer and Key West in the winter.
Our entertainment this evening
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