Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
July 24, 2013
Favorite Anchorage: Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch

credit: Diane Dudeck
The Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch at anchor along Maine's pristine coast in the early morning fog.

Captain Owen Dorr of the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch had a tough time naming a favorite anchorage from among the thousands of pristine anchorages along Maine’s coast. He says, “That’s the beautiful part about sailing on the coast here. There are so many to choose from! I guess I’ll pick Pickering Cove. When we’re there, it seems like we’re the only people on the planet. You don’t see any houses and it’s completely isolated. It’s a state park so passengers are welcome to go ashore and explore.”

Pickering Cove is located next to a tiny town park on Deer Isle. “It’s a shallow place and there are lots of clam flats so when the tide’s out, the sun heats up the rocks and the flats and then, when the tide comes back in, those hot rocks heat up the water making it one of the warmest places to go swimming. My guests just love the swimming there.”

credit: Captain Barry King
The Bowditch sets sail off one of Maine's thousands of pristine anchorages.

But then Captain Owen mentioned another favorite: Hell’s Half Acre. “When we’re on the boat there and you’re looking around, all the land that you see for 360 degrees is islands. You can’t see the mainland. Even way off in the distance, you’ll see Acadia National Park, and the fact is, that’s an island too! I love it when you have to try really hard to see a house. I love doing lobster bakes on Hell’s Half Acre because there’s so much nature to see and explore. My guests love beach combing and exploring while we prep the feast on the beach.

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