Harpswell Neck

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The sun setting over Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island...my definition of serenity!

Need to add Harpswell as an entry, not because I am terribly intimate with this particular coastal village, but because the official town limits encompass Harpswell Neck and quite a few spots that I love dearly.  Included in this swath are Cundy’s Harbor, Dingley Island, Orr’s Island and Bailey Island.  Oddly enough, I couldn't get travBuddy to recognize Harpswell...but it did identify Cundy's Harbor.  I will add separate reviews around each of these beautiful areas and complete this entry by sharing a Harpswell jewel I never got to visit, Eagle Island.


Eagle Island is a small crag in Casco Bay that is accessible only by boat, and the home of famed explorer Admiral Robert Peary, who planted the American flag at the North Pole in 1909.  Peary grew up in Portland, Maine and had camped out on Eagle Island during his youth (1870’s).  The island’s natural beauty hooked Peary and he purchased Eagle Island in 1904 while serving as a commander in the US Navy.

this is literally the back yard of a friend's house on Orr's Island...we ALWAYS remind them how blessed they are to live in such a lovely place!
  In the years following Peary’s remarkable conquest, he retired to the island, relocating and expanding the home he had already built there.


The house and beautiful island remain available for visits, though there is no regular ferry service – so you need to journey there in your own boat or arrange a charter from one of these provisioners:


-         from the Town Wharf in South Freeport, Atlantic Seal Cruises (207-865-6112)

-         from Great Chebeague Island or South Freeport, Claire Ross, skipper of the Marie . (207-846-1254;)

-         from Long Wharf in Portland, Cpt. Bill Frappier’s Eagle Island Tours (207-774-6498; www.EagleIslandTours.com)


Sweetski says:
That is very decent and generous of you my friend :) I might just take you up on your offer once I get there :)
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
vances says:
The Eagle Island Tours is a bargain at $30US...the other two would be more expensive, flat rate regardless of how many folks. But if you come over to take the tour I'll split the cost with you!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
Sweetski says:
Sounds like a beautiful and desolate place. Something I love very much :) How much will a charter boat set me back?
Posted on: Aug 24, 2008
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