Years ago, Charles Kurault referred to midcoast Maine’s Rockport Harbor as one of the five most beautiful places he had visited. I’ll not disagree.
It is home to about fifteen lobster boats, the sound of which wake me most mornings,
and more than a hundred pleasure craft, all sizes and shapes.
At one end of the harbor is a boat yard specializing in building wooden boats
and at the entrance from the bay is a classic lighthouse.
Lime was once the lifeblood of the harbor. Now all that remains are the kilns
and a train engine that might have pulled loaded cars away.
Rockport Harbor’s real claim to fame is Andre, an orphaned seal that the then harbormaster took under his wing, raised and trained to do tricks. Stories about Andre and his antics are still being told by old-timers, and he is immortalized with a bronze, oops granite, sculpture that enchants kids, young and old.
No matter the time of day
or the season, Rockport Harbor is a most special place that touches my soul.
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