Photo Courtesy Zack Klyver

Cruise ship season shifts into high gear



Photo Courtesy Zack Klyver
A band, sponsored by the Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Committee, entertains arriving passengers at Harbor Place at Harbor Place on West Street.

BAR HARBOR — Merchants and town leaders are busy preparing to welcome the many cruise ships to visit in the next several weeks. The cruise ship season began in April, but in the fall many days see two or three ships in the harbor at the same time.

When more than one ship is anchored in Bar Harbor, anchorages in the upper harbor are used. Tenders ferrying passengers from Anchorage “B” to shore must use the narrow passageway between Bar Island and Sheep Porcupine Island.

A tender ran aground there last October, six months after Harbormaster Charlie Phippen submitted a request to the Coast Guard for new navigation buoys to mark the channel. His request was officially approved in March, and the buoys arrived and were installed in July.

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.
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