Suggested Reading List
Down East: A Maritime History of Maine
Author: Lincoln P. Paine
Description: Walter Cronkite writes: "a fascinating introduction to the history of a unique culture I have known and loved for many years. The author draws on the work of a diverse and capable selection of authors, including John Smith, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Marin. Paine's economy of phrase and clarity of purpose make this book a delight for anyone curious about the past or interested in the future of the great state of Maine."
Coastal Maine: A Maritime History
Author: Roger Duncan
Description: At 550 pages, this is not for the faint-of-heart, but is the classic for all things nautical, privateers and pirates, shipbuilding, fishermen and yachtsmen, coastal ecology, and American Colonial history
Letters from the sea, 1882-1902: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord's Seafaring Childhood
Author: Parker Bishop Albee
Description: Captain and Mrs. Lincoln Colcord of Searsport, Maine, set sail to circumnavigate the world in 1866. Their two children, born and raised at sea, realized as adults their `exotic youth at sea` was remarkable. They sailed with their parents until they were school age, visiting ports around the world. Parker Albee uses the treasure trove of actual letters from the Colcord's, along with Joanna's and Lincoln's later writings. "Richer than any treasure of gold brought up from the ocean bottom, these recently discovered letters are priceless additions to our maritime history. Extraordinarily well written, they are great reading and dandy tales of the sea, more exciting than fiction for their total authenticity," wrote Walter Cronkite.
With Reckless Abandon: Memoirs of a Boat-Obsessed Life
Author: Capt. Jim Sharp
Description: Imbued with a sea captains outlook on life and the optimistic attitudes found in overcoming obstacles from battling childhood polio to preparing and maintaining a 100-year-old wooden schooner this autobiography regales the life of a leading windjammer captain and tugboat skipper. Packed with wonderful characters and salty adventuresfrom a mutinous cook to sailing through noreastersthis inspirational life story takes readers from ports of call in Florida and the Bahamas to the foggy shores of Maine.
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
Author: Colin Woodward
Description: One of America's most iconic and compelling cultures, theobstering communities of coastal Maine, face serious challenges. In this riveting history, award-winning journalist Colin Woodard reveals Mainers' increasingly difficult struggle to hold on to their communities.
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fisherman and Scientists are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
Author: Trevor Corson
Description: In this portrait of an island lobstering community, an eccentric band of renegade biologists study the secret undersea lives of lobsters. The Boston Herald wrote that journalist Trevor Corson "serves up a savory blend of history and science along with a satisfying course of lobster and human behavior."