Monday, September 4, 2017

NORWOOD COVE DAM - Southwest Harbor


Nearly thirty years ago, while visiting friends in Southwest Harbor, one asked if we would like to take a little walk to a nearby dam.  It was a nice evening and so we took the walk as our friends told us how they would go to the damn with their parents when they were younger.   I'm thinking we are going to this dam and getting a good view of it from the banking somewhere along the water, as is the case with most dams.  But our friends assured us we were in for a treat.
I was a little surprised when our friends told us we had arrived atr the dam, because all I could see was a driveway and a house, with a couple young children outside playing.  I don't see a dam, I said, I do see a house.
True, and we are going to walk through this dooryard to that path by the tree's, one of our friends said.  So I followed our friends into the dooryard, thinking some one is going to call the police on us, again our friends assured us locals had been using the path at the far end of this dooryard for many long years. 

It turned out to be a very short path that led us to a set of steps leading up to the top of the dam.  Wow, I replied, are you certain we can go up here?
Locals have been coming here for many years, was the reply.  We walked across the entire top of the dam, it was a really memorable experience I will never forget.
There are no signs, but here is how we reached the dam that day. 
at Southwest Harbor, turn off main Street onto the Clark Point Road.  Follow this road to an intersection.  At the intersection turn  onto the High Road.  Follow this road until you come to the South Causeway Lane road on the left.  The road ends at a house with a driveway, near one corner of the driveway is a path to the dam.  If I recall right, our friends said you could also reach the dam on the other side of the water but I don't know the directions from that end.  Looking at a map, I see there is a road on the other side of the water named the North Causeway Lane Road, perhaps there is a path somewhere at the end of that road. 
North Causeway Lane is off of the Fernald Point Road.  The name of the dam is the Norwood Cove Dam.
Feature Name: Norwood Cove Dam
Category: Maine physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Cultural
Class: Dam
County: Hancock County
Latitude: 44.28717
Longitude: -68.32087
GNIS ID: 1774593


You don't have to attend a church service nor do you have to visit this tiny church on a Sunday, as it is open to the public throughout the summer months.  I located this small church one day after taking a wrong turn in Northeast Harbor, seeing it, and deciding to check it out.  Since that time I have tried to visit it one or two times each summer.  And usually we are the only one's in the building, surprising since visitors are allowed almost complete access to the different sections of the church.
Saint Mary's By The Sea, Northeast Harbor, Maine
Its many stained glass windows are amazing works of art that you will want to photograph.
Just an amazing little church in Northeast Harbor, Maine.  To locate this almost hidden gem, drive down Main Street.  Turn left onto Kimball Road.  Stait Mary's By the Sea is at the far end of Kimball Street.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


According to the maine aviation Historical Society, a twin engine USAAF B-18 Bolo bomber made an emergency landing in Poland Springs on July 19, 1941 and later a RCAF Avro Anson made an emergency landing on the Kebo Golf Course's fairway in Bar harbor maine on Oct. 24, 1941.
On Feb. 5, 2018 the Ellsworth American Newspaper ran a piece on the anniversary of the plane crash at Kebo Golf Course.  The crash took place just weeks before the United States entered World War 2.  It was a stormy night when the plane went down and at least one person thought we might be under attack by the Nazis as phone calls began to flood in to the Bar Harbor Police Station.  Besides the sounds of the large aircraft circling low over the town, the  glow of flares dropped by the plane lended an errie feel to the scene unfolding that night.  Some of the flares drifted on toward the Shore Path and the waters of Frenchman's bay.
Earlier in the day the aircraft departed its base at Pennfield Ridge in New Brunswick  as it set off on a rountine training mission.  By late that evening the plane had found itself in bad weather, lost in fog and ice forming on its wings.  The use of flares was the only way the crew could desperately search out a safe place to put the plane down.  Out of gas and time, the plane banked hard and crash landed at the 535-yard, par 5, 14th hole at Kebo Valley Golf Club just west of town.   The belly landing left the plane intact with bend propeller blades as the plane skidded some 600 feet before coming to rest in a sand trap.
This crash could of been a lot worse had the plane broken up or caught fire. 

I can't recall exactly how many men made up the crew but I believe another piece I read on this stated their was either a five or seven man crew on the aircraft that day, and not one of them was injured.