Ship Harbor

Ship Harbor

The Ship Harbor area of Acadia National Park straddles the town line separating Tremont and Southwest Harbor, more specifically, the Village of Bass Harbor and Village of Seawall. When President Obama visited Acadia National Park in July 2010, he and his family hiked in Ship Harbor. The photograph above shows the main body of Ship Harbor. The next photograph shows the entrance to Ship Harbor.

This harbor was known famously as the site of the wreck of the Grand Design in 1739. This ship was on a journey from Ireland to Pennsylvania when a storm drove her off course and she wrecked on Long Ledge at Bennet Cove east of the entrance to Ship Harbor. Most of the passengers and crew died that winter because ships did not sail past Ship Harbor very often. Only a handful of people were eventually rescued. However, local folklore contributes the name of the harbor to a British pirate ship that during the war of 1812 entered Ship Harbor to evade capture by United States ships, grounded and broke up. The broken ship could be seen at low tide for many years, whence the name, Ship Harbor.

Ship Harbor Entrance Channel

Ship Harbor is noted for its pink granite as shown in the next photograph. The island in the photograph is Great Duck Island in the Town of Frenchboro.

Pink Granite at Ship Harbor

The next photograph shows some of the granite rocks on the outer shore of Ship Harbor. The island in this photograph is Little Duck Island in the Town of Frenchboro. Note the sea bird in the upper right of the photograph. There is an abundance of wildlife in the Ship Harbor area.

Rocks along the Ship Harbor Nature Trail

Ship Harbor is on State Route 102A about half way between Bass Harbor Head and the Wonderland section of Acadia National Park. There is a parking lot at the Ship Harbor trailhead. 


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