Articles by: Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]
  • Jones Act has only minor impact on hurricane relief

    ELLSWORTH — Calls for its repeal notwithstanding, the Jones Act — a federal law requiring cargo shipped between U.S. ports be carried on vessels built and registered in the United States — is having little, if any, impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the ravages of the hurricane that devastated the island last month. Category

  • Fall sailing season still busy

    Fall sailing season still busy

    CASTINE — Last year, Maine Maritime Academy finished squarely in the middle of its big-boat fleet at the Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta on Long Island Sound. Last weekend, sailing the J/44 sloop Gold Digger, the Mariners kicked it up a notch and won their class. After five races, MMA edged the Coast Guard Academy

  • Dealer pleads guilty to buying poached elvers

    Dealer pleads guilty to buying poached elvers

    PORTLAND — Last March, a federal grand jury indicted Woolwich elver dealer William Sheldon, now 71, on seven charges relating to buying and selling illegally harvested juvenile eels over a four-year period beginning in 2011. Last Thursday, Sheldon entered a guilty plea to one count of violating the federal Lacey Act, admitting to buying elvers

  • Eastern Maine Skippers dip toes in murky waters

    Eastern Maine Skippers dip toes in murky waters

    WINTER HARBOR — What’s bugging people in the fishing industry in your town? How do you find out? What can you do about it? More than 100 students from the Downeast eight high schools that participate in the Eastern Maine Skippers program travelled to the Schoodic Institute last week to learn how to answer those

  • Class turns out new from old — real old

    Class turns out new from old — real old

    BROOKLIN — There’s always something interesting cooking in the Fundamentals of Boatbuilding class at the WoodenBoat School on Naskeag Point. The class focuses, according to the school’s catalog on “challenging boats,” traditional small craft of the round-bilged, carvel or lapstrake-planked variety. Earlier this month, under the watchful eye of instructor Greg Rössel, a small group

  • Coast Guard rescues two fishermen Downeast

    Coast Guard rescues two fishermen Downeast

    JONESPORT — The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen off Nash Island Thursday, after their lobster boat became disabled when a swell pushed the vessel onto a rock and they were forced to swim to shore. At 5:40 p.m., a concerned neighbor called watchstanders at the Coast Guard station in Jonesport to report that his neighbors

  • Blue Hill Bay closed to shellfish harvesting

    BROOKLIN — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Saturday that all of Blue Hill Bay north of a line between Naskeag Point in Brooklin and Lopas Point in Tremont would be closed to shellfish harvesting indefinitely because of the risk of amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP). The closure expands the extent of the areas previously

  • Jewish High Holy Days end Saturday evening

    ELLSWORTH — Sundown on Friday marks the start of the Yom Kippur. Spent in prayer at the synagogue and fasting, Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is the holiest day in the Jewish year. This year, observance of the Day of Atonement will end at sundown on Saturday, Sept. 30. Rosh Hashanah, the two days

  • Windjammers congregate at WoodenBoat

    Windjammers congregate at WoodenBoat

    BROOKLIN — The harbor off the WoodenBoat School waterfront took on the look of an earlier era this week when nearly a dozen schooners nestled at anchor Tuesday afternoon for the annual gathering of the fleet organized by the Maine Windjammer Association. Based primarily in Rockland and Camden, the schooners were mostly on weeklong cruises

  • DMR recalls mussels from Frenchman Bay and closes large area to shellfish harvesting

    DMR recalls mussels from Frenchman Bay and closes large area to shellfish harvesting

    AUGUSTA — The Department of Marine Resources has banned most shellfish harvesting along the Downeast Coast because of the risk of amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP). On Sept. 14, the department closed the area between East Point on Mount Desert Island and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of all species of bivalve shellfish and