Tag Archives: Eastport

Tides of promise: Tidal power could help restore economic sustainability to eastern Maine | DownEast.com

Tides of promise: Tidal power could help restore economic sustainability to eastern Maine | DownEast.com

http://www.downeast.com/magazine/2010/december/tides-promise

 

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Surrendering in the face of overwhelming odds | DownEast.com

Frankly, I hadn’t heard this story, but the locals seemed to understand the concept of fighting another day. Here’s some Maine trivia from DownEast.com

What gained Fort Sullivan fame in 1814?

Answer

Built in 1810 as a battery and blockhouse in Eastport, the fort gained fame in 1814 when a dozen British warships loaded with two hundred guns came into sight. Against such overwhelming odds, the fort’s six officers, eighty men, and nine guns surrendered upon demand.

Yacht maker offers to buy Eastport’s Boat School | Bangor Daily News

EASTPORT, Maine — One of the world’s premier yacht makers, who has previously focused his manufacturing efforts in Taiwan, China and Tampa Bay, Fla., has made an offer that could turn around the financially struggling city of Eastport. David Marlow of Marlow Yachts approached the City Council during a workshop this week and floated a proposal to buy The Boat School, which is owned by the city and leased to Husson University.

His plans include expanding The Boat School program from a two-year to a four-year marine trades program while keeping Husson University involved. He also plans to revamp the campus, expand the existing boatyard and build an on-site yacht manufacturing facility that could create 100 new jobs.

“This could be a godsend for Eastport,” City Manager Jon Southern said Thursday. “This business is compatible with every city goal for our working waterfront. It is ecologically friendly. It would create high-quality jobs. It protects The Boat School and retains the partnership we have with Husson.”

Click for the rest of the story by Sharon Kiley Mack in the Bangor Daily News.

 

Early tidal power test in Eastport called a success | Bangor Daily News

EASTPORT, Maine — The Coast Guard’s 41-foot search and rescue boat eased away from the dock Tuesday morning, its batteries fully charged by electricity generated from the waters beneath its hull.

Since Aug. 18, a tidal energy generator developed by Ocean Renewable Power Co. has been producing clean, grid-compatible power for the Coast Guard boat. On Tuesday, the renewable power company and Coast Guard officials welcomed dignitaries and local residents to view up close what they described as the first-ever successful implementation of tidal energy at a federal facility.

 “This has put Eastport on the world map,” said Chris Sauer, president and CEO of ORPC. “Folks in Australia, the UK, Chile, New Zealand know all about Eastport, Maine. They’re watching us and hoping it happens to them.”

Sauer called Eastport the “Kitty Hawk” of the developing tidal power industry, which has the potential, he said, to become a $1 billion industry in the city.

Click for the rest of the story by Rich Hewitt in the Bangor Daily News.

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine company says underwater turbine is a success | Bangor Daily News

Maine company says underwater turbine is a success – Bangor Daily News.

Presidents and Maine | Bangor Daily News

Presidents and Maine | Bangor Daily News

NOAA begins to survey bottom of Cobscook Bay | Bangor Daily News

NOAA begins to survey bottom of Cobscook Bay – Bangor Daily News.

Bar Harbor will see more cruise ships | Bangor Daily News

Bar Harbor will see more cruise ships – Bangor Daily News

Bar Harbor’s complete list of scheduled cruise ship visits can be viewed at www.barharbormaine.gov/document/0000/562.pdf.

Tide effects: A lot of hopes are riding on the final demonstration of a turbine designed to tap the powerful tides off Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tide effects | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Where ‘one job means so much’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Where ‘one job means so much’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Tidal power structure bound for Eastport – Bangor Daily News

Tidal power structure bound for Eastport – Bangor Daily News.

Stimulus dollars headed to Eastport, Searsport – Bangor Daily News

Stimulus dollars headed to Eastport, Searsport – Bangor Daily News.

Let them eat lobster …

Here’s a trivia questioned from DownEast.com and the answer brought to mind the quote often attributed to Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake.”

She supposedly said it after she was told that peasants had no bread. It reflected the princess’ lack of knowledge – or concern – of the famine at the time.

What key development expanded lobster’s popularity?

Answer:

Once considered “poverty food,” lobsters became popular after the first cannery in Eastport was established in 1843. At their peak, Maine had more than thirty lobster canneries.

Lobster as a “poverty food” seems amazing today.

I have an idea! Let’s drop a giant sardine on New Year’s Eve!

New York has a giant crystal ball and Maine has a giant sardine and a galvanized star. Frankly, I really like the sardine and the star better.

Here are a couple of links:

Presque Isle to raise star to mark new year

Eastport welcomes new year with sardine drop