Tag Archives: Hurricane Earl

Potato crop ‘looking great’ thanks to rain in September | Bangor Daily News

Potato crop ‘looking great’ thanks to rain in September | Bangor Daily News.

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Labor Day tourism takes a hit in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Labor Day tourism takes a hit in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Camden Windjammer Festival off to affable start | Bangor Daily News

CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden Windjammer Festival, abbreviated by the threat of hurricane winds but promising two days of activities nonetheless, got off to a thunderous start Saturday with a bang of cannons and a bevy of maritime enthusiasts.

Gone were the threat of Hurricane Earl, the downpour and the oppressive heat as the clouds parted and a refreshing breeze tousled Camden Harbor, causing the flags atop several windjammers to flutter over the festivities.

“Everything is working out,” said Dan Bookham, executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, one of the organizers of the 16th annual festival.

Under a nearby tent, former windjammer Capt. Jim Sharp made adjustments to a 1902 Fairbanks Bulldog engine, whose piston fired once for every four or five revolutions. The clunky old piece of iron — which he affectionately called “Bertha” — was once used by Sharp to haul anchors weighing as much as 1,500 pounds. On a true windjammer, explained Sharp, engines were for lifting anchors or turning bilge pumps, not propulsion. Today, very few vessels of any significant size run without engine power.

“An engine will forgive a lot of sin by a captain,” said Sharp.

Click for the rest of the story by Christopher Cousins in the Bangor Daily News.

A full schedule of events is available at the web site, www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com.

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News.

Mainers get ready for Earl: Local marinas pull vessels out of harm’s way | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers get ready for Earl: Local marinas pull vessels out of harm’s way | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Camden’s Windjammer Festival will get a late start, while high school sports officials reschedule games.

From the Portland Press Herald coverage:

Keep track of Earl

Go to our special Hurricane Earl tracking map to see the storm’s current position and predicted path up the East Coast.

STORM CANCELLATIONS

Maine Eastern Railroad has canceled its rides between Brunswick and Rockland today through Sunday.

Portland Discovery has canceled its cruise today to Eagle Island.

Elsewhere in New England, the Steamship Authority said Thursday that ferry service from Hyannis to Nantucket is likely to be suspended before noon today. The agency said ferries between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard will continue to operate for as long as possible, but service is also likely to be suspended by early or midafternoon today.

Weakening Earl to make landfall in Nova Scotia | Bangor Daily News

Weakening Earl to make landfall in Nova Scotia | Bangor Daily News.

Effects of Hurricane Earl could be felt all the way to Maine | Bangor Daily News

Effects of Hurricane Earl could be felt all the way to Maine | Bangor Daily News.