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The Working Waterfront

News of Maine's Coast and Islands

  • Wayfarer Marine, aerial view
    July 1

    Thomaston-based Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding has purchased Wayfarer Marine in Camden. Lyman-Morse announced the purchase on July 1. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Both boatyards have deep ties to their communities. Lyman-Morse's history dates back nearly 100 years, while boatbuilding at the Wayfarer site began in the late 1700s.

  • at Tidemill Farm in Edmunds
    June 23

    Aaron Bell and his wife Carly DelSignore founded Tide Mill Organic Farm 15 years ago on the shores of Cobscook Bay in Edmunds in Washington County. With a herd of 60 milking cows, dairy production represents 50 percent of the farm's operations. Chickens, pigs and gardening making up the other half.

  • End of the day of fishing on Vinalhaven.
    June 23

    Creating and maintaining this vital link between fisherman and market is what the Vinalhaven Fisherman’s Coop has been doing since the 1970s. The coop is one of several in Maine, and is second only in volume to Stonington Lobster Coop, selling 3 million pounds a year.