Boothbay Harbor (Maine)

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Region
East Coast USA and Canada New England

Local Time
21:20 20 Oct 2017

Coordinates
43.85602 N, -69.62629 W

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Boothbay Harbor is a port town located in the county of Lincoln, Maine USA. The town covers a total area of approx 24 km2 (9 ml2) and has population around 2,000.Boothbay Harbor (Maine) cruise port

  • The area of Boothbay Harbor was part of Cape Newagen, where an early seasonal fishing camp was established by the English. In 1666, Henry Curtis bought the land from sachem Mowhotiwormet, known commonly as Chief Robinhood, who lived in what is today Woolwich. However, the settlement was burned during King Philip's War and resettled afterwards, then in 1689 destroyed again during King William's War and abandoned for 40 years.
  • Colonel David Dunbar, superintendent and governor of Territory of Sagadahock, established a new town in 1730, named Townsend to honour Viscount Townshend. In spite of predations during French and Indian Wars, as well as robberies by marauding British sailors during the Revolutionary War, the settlement was quite successful, not least due to its deep, large and protected harbor. In 1779, during Penobscot Expedition, Townsend became a rendezvous site for the American naval fleet before its disastrous encounter at Castine with the British.
  • The harbor was renamed Boothbay in 1842, and continued to develop as an important fishing center. In bad weather, it was able to hold at a time between 400-500 ships, often Friendship Sloops, that were seeking for shelter. By 1881, it had an ice company, a fertilizer manufacturer, a factory for canning lobsters, two marine railways, a fishery and fish oil company. On 16 February 1889, the community was set off out of Boothbay and incorporated as Boothbay Harbor town. Frank L.Sample shipyard built minesweepers for the U.S. Navy during WWII and into the 1950s. Location filming for 1956 movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" sequence, was done here.
  • Boothbay Harbor attracts crowds of tourists each summer. Attractions include whale watching, state aquarium, restaurants, art galleries and boat tours to coastal isles. During summer months, Boothbay Harbor region is a notorious tourist and yachting destination. 

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