Making It To Monhegan Part 1..Revised

Monhegan Island, the “out to sea island”…aptly named…

It was a lovely Columbus Day. Converging on The Monhegan Boat Line wharf in Port Clyde, my traveling companions and I were excited to board The Elizabeth Ann for the approximately 1 hour, 12 mile trip.

This was the inviting scene that presented itself to us…a beautiful, calm morning in Port Clyde with not a person to be seen on the wharf. Of course that would soon change with an assortment of passengers ranging from dogs, to day hikers, to residents, to banged up lobster fisherman returning to the island after some mainland treatment.

After a last cup of coffee from the general store we impatiently waited for our ride to pick us up for the lovely ride out to the island. 

But in the time that we had, we were able to sit and enjoy our surroundings on a lovely Maine coast autumn morning. Port Clyde is much different in the warm weather than in winter as we found out last February.  But even with the influx of summer complaints it  still hasn’t lost it’s old time Maine charm. And we would experience much more of that when we at last got to our destination.

Finally..

  Years ago on my only other trip to Monhegan the ride was The Laura B which has always looked to me to be a converted sardine carrier.  But The Elizabeth Ann was taking us out  this morning.

Leaving the inner harbor behind us we churned past Marshall Point Lighthouse. This 24 foot, “new” tower was built in 1858 and had a keeper until 1971 when it was automated.

 After about an hour’s ride over slightly choppy seas and through a  12 mile long maze of lobster buoys, we were closing in on Manana ( or “Hermit” ) Island where goats still graze its weathered surface.

And off to our port side lay our destination.

Soon we would be tied up to the town dock and ready to start our day of discovery on the dusty lanes and trails of Monhegan Island.

We were ready!