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]
  • New great Gatsby is launched in Brooklin

    New great Gatsby is launched in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — Talented boatbuilders are thick on the ground in Maine and, with a little hunting, it’s almost always possible to find some shop working on an interesting project. It could be a multimillion-dollar sailing yacht or sport fisherman, a commercial lobster boat with a finish that would make any yachtsman happy, a handcrafted wooden

  • Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    Buoy bell thieves range along Maine coast

    ELLSWORTH — From the days when sailing vessels were the primary means of transportation along the Maine coast, mariners have relied on the clang and bang of bell and gong buoys to warn them away from offshore dangers that can sink a vessel that strays from safe waters. Over the past several months, though, nine

  • Dog days of August spawn slate of DMR regulations

    AUGUSTA — In the middle of August, with Maine’s lobstermen busy landing shedders and Maine’s lobster exporters worried about a trade war with China, the Department of Marine Resources last week published a fistful of new regulations. They cover topics ranging from the minimum size at which wild oysters may be harvested to tightening restrictions

  • Riverdale Mills founder dies

    Riverdale Mills founder dies

    ELLSWORTH — James Knott, the founder of Riverdale Mills Corp., died at his home in Witinsville, Mass., on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to several published reports. Knott is credited as the inventor of the plastic-coated-wire lobster trap that revolutionized Maine’s lobster fishery. He was 88. According to Riverdale, in 1980 Knott introduced the plastic-coated mesh

  • Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    Falcon flies to victory in Retired Skippers Race

    CASTINE — Early Saturday morning, it looked like the Maine Retired Skippers Race was going to be a washout. Thick fog made Penobscot Bay invisible from the Maine Maritime Academy waterfront to the crews of the dozen boats registered for the event who were gathered for the pre-race skippers’ meeting. The forecast also called for

  • Odds may be bad for winter shrimp fishery

    Odds may be bad for winter shrimp fishery

    PORTLAND — Scientists gathered at a downtown hotel last week for a three-day “peer review” of the latest Northern Shrimp Benchmark Stock Assessment from by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The assessment evaluates the condition of the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp resource and provides regulators with the information they need to manage the

  • Keeping a friendly border safe is serious business

    Keeping a friendly border safe is serious business

    EASTPORT — Even in this era of escalating tariffs and heated rhetoric, it’s hard to think of Canada as anything but a friendly neighbor. That’s especially true in Maine where, for generations, people have crossed the border freely, sometimes several times a day, to commute between home and work or to visit with family. Cross-border

  • Regulators deny increase in elver quota

    Regulators deny increase in elver quota

    ELLSWORTH — Fisheries regulators voted last week to freeze Maine’s annual landings quota for elvers at its current level, but approved an additional 200-pound quota just for aquaculture. Maine asked to increase its quota by 20 percent, from the current level of 9,688 pounds to 11,749. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher cited the

  • Rockland boat show draws a big crowd

    ROCKLAND — Innovation? Luxury? A great pastrami sandwich? All were on display and, at least in the case of the sandwich, reasonably obtainable, at last weekend’s Maine Boat & Home Show on the waterfront in Rockland. Sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, the show, which brought elegant power and sailboats from custom and

  • Wild Wild West has wild wild weekend

    Wild Wild West has wild wild weekend

    WINTER HARBOR — In conjunction with its annual Lobster Festival, Winter Harbor has been hosting lobster boat races for 54 years, but somehow the event never seems to get old. Last Saturday morning, 96 boats signed up for the races and, by the time the day was through, there were some remarkably close finishes and