Down East Schooners and Shipmasters

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Nothing is more iconic of Maine than the image of a majestic vessel, masts raised, gliding through the fog on the dark North Atlantic. From the early days of the search for a Northwest Passage to the quest for the mysterious and illusive Norumbega, the history of Mount Desert Island, Hancock, Bar Harbor and the rest of the Down East area has always traveled on schooners. Now, in the twenty-first century, these ships and their heritage are being preserved, and Mainers are sailing aboard them once again. In this collection, author Ingrid Grenon presents the most important and incredible stories from the decks of Down East's schooners, revealing how these remarkable vessels and Down East Maine are tied together.
ISBN: 9781609495145
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maine
Images: 56
Pages: 152
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
As a child growing up in a 1799 farmhouse in rural Maine, Ingrid Grenon was surrounded by history. She lived and breathed it. She loved hearing stories about her Mayflower ancestors, who were both Saints and Strangers. She listened intently as she was told about those who fought in the Revolutionary War and about a great-great-great-grandfather who joined the Sixty-first Maine Infantry during the Civil War. She is also very proud of her great-great-great-grandfather, Captain William Peachey, who was lost at sea when his schooner sunk near Portland Harbor during a gale in December 1876. She learned, too, of a Sebago Indian from whom she is descended. These are the things that impressed her from a young age. Currently employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Grenon has a degree in psychology and a riding master's degree. She is a member of the Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Region Historical Society and the Hill-Stead Museum. She is also a published poet.
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