This scenic harbor looks much as it did in the 1940s and 1950s, when Donald MacMillan’s Arctic expeditions departed from Boothbay Harbor. Large crowds gathered at the dock on departure day, and often dignitaries gave speeches before MacMillan’s vessel, the Schooner Bowdoin, departed. Celebrations continued after the Bowdoin left the dock, as many local vessels accompanied the schooner out of the harbor. With some imagination, a cruise today on one of the many vessels offering day trips can offer a similar experience!
Photo courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith.