DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 13

Maritime Heritage Salty lobstermen, skilled sailors, and brave revolutionaries define the maritime spirit of TRUE MAINE. The McCurdy Smokehouse Museum and Gallery, Lubec Maine. Set your course for a journey through naval history in Castine. At its heart you’ll find Fort Pentagöet; an outpost built by the French in the 1630’s, then held by the Dutch, British (briefly), and then finally America— giving Castine a unique feature of having been under the rule of four separate nations. While you are there, visit the Maine Maritime Academy to see Maine’s seafaring traditions and training carried on to future generations of seamen. Come during Margaretta Days, held each June in Machias, to celebrate the first naval battle of the American Revolution. The attack on the British was conceived in the Burnham’s Tavern. There, rogue settlers armed with farm implements and muskets captured the British naval vessel, Margaretta. Early structures and earth- works from this battle can still be seen at Fort George in Castine. Head to Brooklin where the region’s historic reputation for building swift and sturdy sailing ships lives on. If you can make the time, enroll in a boatbuilding course at the Wooden Boat School. Less ambitious yachtsmen may embark on a visit to the Wooden Boat Store for all manner of sailing gear and gifts for the landlubbers at home. How Can One Be Both Down and East? When ships sailed into the District of Maine from the south, they were sailing downwind and eastward with the prevailing winds. Sailor shorthand re-coined it “DownEast,” the term is still used today. Ocean thrill seekers and leisure cruisers alike won’t need to look far to find an excursion that suits their style. Visitors can simply find a harbor, chat with a crewman or captain, and climb aboard one of the dozens of modern sailing ships, original or replica lobster boats, windjammers, schooners, or other Maine-built vessels found throughout the region. TRUE MAINE | 11