Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Belfast, ME
For many years, Belfast was known not for its cruising grounds, but rather for its chickens. This town near the head of Penobscot Bay was the “broiler capital of the world” during the middle of the twentieth century, its factories running around the clock to keep Frank Purdue and other poultry giants supplied with enough product for America’s TV dinners. The chicken industry was followed in the early 1990s by the financial industry as credit card giant MBNA opened a call center in town, but with the dawning of the new millenium has come a renewed focus on Belfast’s greatest natural attribute – its waterfront.
The first custom boatbuilders to put Belfast on the yachting map were French & Webb, whose new builds and exquisite reconstructions have made them legendary among Herreshoff afficionados and others seeking the finest wooden-boat craftsmanship. Their success was later followed by Front Street Shipyard, which within just a few years has put Belfast on the map of skippers steering everything from megayachts to pocket cruisers. The facilities now available on the Belfast waterfront, coupled with a revitalized downtown that offers some of the finest and most unique dining options on the Maine coast, has made this harbor at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River a new destination for an increasing number of boaters and other coastal travelers.
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Hyper-local Stations to Provide Real-Time, Observational Data on Sea-Levels for 5 Coastal Towns Rockland, Maine -- US Harbors, in partnership with Divirod, a data and technology company, is launching a pilot program in Penobscot Bay, ME to test a new technology for water-level sensing. NOAA currently maintains 200 live, observational tide… Learn More
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A strong cold front will continue to slowly push east today, providing a focus for showers thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to southern Texas. While severe thunderstorms are not expected, heavy rainfall is likely, with scattered flash flooding possible, especially from the Tennessee and lower Ohio valleys northeastward across Lower… SEE MORE
By Hannah Gard. This year’s busy tropical season continues as more activity ramps up in the Atlantic. Tropical Depression Seventeen intensified into Tropical Storm Rose Sunday afternoon, about 370 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, says the National Hurricane Center. The other active storm currently in the Atlantic basin is Tropical… SEE MORE
By Billy Baker. MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — It’s 4 a.m. and 18-year-old Finn Hawley is in a shed behind his house, doing what he does most days, which is preparing to go fishing for striped bass. Hawley is a lanky teen, just under 6 feet 4 inches tall, and despite the pre-dawn hour,… SEE MORE