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Maritime History

Attractions Highlight Portland’s Sea-faring History

Portland’s maritime history can be enjoyed by a visit to the Portland Observatory, named as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. The Portland Observatory is the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the US. Visitors will enjoy climbing the stairs of Lemuel Moody's octagonal wooden tower and take in magnificent views of Portland and Casco Bay.

Visitors can also experience history by visiting area lighthouses that served as beacons and defenders of the harbor.

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, with a 900-foot granite breakwater, is accessible by land. Portland Head Light one of the state’s first lighthouses, commissioned in 1791 by George Washington, can be visited at Fort Williams Park, just outside Portland in Cape Elizabeth. Several forts dot the islands of Casco Bay as well, tributes to the region's role in wartime defense, including Fort Preble on the campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Fort Gorges, located at the mouth of Portland harbor, and the WWII battery at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth.

Near Portland, less than an hour drive along the coast, Bath’s Maine Maritime Museum is a destination for families and those interested in Maine’s shipbuilding history. Enjoy exhibits, a 20-acre shipyard site, lighthouse and nature cruises, and even a kids’ pirate ship, among other family activities. Visitors will also enjoy learning about the history of lobstering and fishing, and witness boat-building techniques in the Boatshop.

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BUSINESS LISTINGS

Friends of Fort Gorges

Portland
Tour a former United States military fort built from 1858 to 1864.

Maine Maritime Museum

Bath
Maine's sea story lives here! Exhibits and 20-acre shipyard site.

Museum at Portland Head Light

Cape Elizabeth
Maine’s oldest lighthouse, located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth.

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Portland
Join us for SchoonerFest Regatta and the Sailing Ships Weekend.

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