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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Ashley Bryan
    February 15

    Islesford’s Ashley Bryan, the author and artist whose books, illustrations and paintings have reached world-wide audiences, was honored this month for his latest children’s book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.

  • Mailboat approaches Monhegan
    February 9

    The MAV project will forever change our island, and whatever short-term benefits we might receive will be more than offset by the irreparable damage it will do.


  • Detail from Jane Crosen's map of Penobscot Bay
    February 1

    “I do still believe there is an innate appeal of maps that is going to continue to drive individual interests in maps they can put on their walls…” —Steve Engle