Voyages: Any Anchorage USA
Lancaster (Sjora, #1420, email@example.com)
underlines the importance of avoiding desolate portions of
This isn't the story of a voyage but rather an incident that
occurred during our cruise through Maine last year. Chris, my wife
and first mate and I entered Pulpit Harbor located on North Haven
Island on Penobscott Bay, Maine last July. This was our first visit
to this very popular and difficult to find anchorage. Its entrance
is invisible until one is quite near and is famous for the large 20
to 30 foot rock that guards the narrow entrance. This rock has been
inhabited by an active osprey nest for several hundred years. Anyway
after entering the harbor it branches left and right with lots of
boats in the center and left areas. My wife thought it would be nice
to have some privacy and suggested anchoring in the right side where
we would be all alone. I thought there was probably some reason this
part of the harbor was unoccupied but a quick look at the chart
looked OK so we dropped anchor, cooked dinner had some wine and went
Next morning I awoke early, stepped into the cockpit and
discovered a high green wall 3 feet from our stern!
Turns out that my quick check of the chart had overlooked a small
asterisk! When the 12 foot tide went out that asterisk had become a
large seaweed covered pile of rocks!! They were close enough so that
I could step off the swim platform and collect mussels without
getting wet. Afterwards we shortened up on the rode to put some
distance between us and the "green monster".
I guess there are two things we learned from this, 1) if there is no
one in a very attractive part of a popular harbor there is probably
a reason, and 2) wear your glasses when checking your charts.
At least we learned this the easy way and the mussels simmered in
white wine and garlic were delicious.
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