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September 30th, 2006 – by: mellemel8
Castine is the home of Maine Maritime Academy, a four-year institution that graduates officers and engineers for the United States Merchant Marine and marine related industries. Approximately 850 students are enrolled at the Academy.
Castine is one of the oldest towns in New England, predating the Plymouth Colony by seven years. Few places in New England can boast a more tumultuous or varied history than Castine -- which proclaims itself the "battle line of four nations."
A key element in the town's revival has been the expansion of the Maine Maritime Academy.
The Pentagoet, a pristine tugboat operated by Maine Maritime Academy.
Established in 1941 to train merchant seamen, by the 1980s the Academy offered a range of courses in engineering, management, transportation, and nautical and ocean science. Its handsome campus, once the home of the Eastern State Normal School, boasts an excellent library (which is open to the general public) and extensive athletic facilities.
By the 1980s, many of the old hotels had reopened, boasting first-rate dining facilities. The harbor, almost entirely empty in the 1950s, filled with luxury yachts. Prosperity was given an added boost by the willingness of financially comfortable retirees to brave Maine winters in their golden years. (Though some cynics now call the town "New Canaan-by-the-Sea").
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