he Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Seventh Annual Sunset Cruise for a Cause with Hardy Boat Cruises is set for September 9.NEW HARBOR — The Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Seventh Annual Sunset Cruise for a Cause with Hardy Boat Cruises is planned for Sunday, September 9. The two-hour cruise will begin at 5 p.m., departing from Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor. The boat will head towards Pemaquid Point, passing Pemaquid Point lighthouse on way to Damariscove Island located in the Gulf of Maine and will pass close to Ram Island lighthouse and nearby Fisherman's Island. Cuckolds Lighthouse, located off of Southport Island, will be visible on this trip, as the boat circumnavigates Damariscove Island. Other islands on the route include Squirrel Island, Outer Heron and White Islands. Views of coastal homes, lighthouses, and wildlife abound, and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars. The route may be modified at the discretion of the Captain. In the event that the Captain determines that the cruise cannot happen, it will be rescheduled.
Damariscove is an uninhabited island that is part of Boothbay Harbor, about five nautical miles off the coast at the mouth of the Damariscotta River. The long, narrow island is approximately two miles long and 1,500 feet at its widest point. The island has served in the past as a fishing settlement and a Coast Guard Life Saving Station. While the island is now uninhabited, Damariscove harbor is still actively used for moorings and storage docks by the local commercial fishing fleet. The island, with the exception of the privately owned life saving station and surrounding area, is owned by the Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT). The northern half of the island is a protected nesting site each spring for the Common Eider.
This event is sponsored by H.M. Payson & Co. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided courtesy of King Eider’s Pub, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $30 each and are available weekdays at the PWA office at 15 Courtyard St. in Damariscotta (side entrance by Salt Bay Cafe) or by calling 563-2196. Tickets are non-refundable. Last year’s Cruise for a Cause completely sold out, so eager participants are encouraged to reserve tickets now.
Proceeds from the event will help fund PWA in its mission to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information about the Pemaquid Watershed Association, visit www.pemaquidwatershed.org.