05-Nov-2006 -- The discharging of our 31,000 tons of coal at Searsport took less than three days, and this morning we left this tiny port and steamed back down the Penobscot Bay. As it was night when steaming up a few days ago, I was happy to visit 44N 69W today under most favorable conditions.
Passing Owls Head Light near the town of Rockland, it is no longer far to the Confluence.
The Confluence is close to the shore and to almost all directions something, mostly scattered islands, can be seen: Beginning with South we see Large Green Island and the Two Bush Channel, further to WSW there are several islets (Pleasant, Graffam, Hewett, Andrews, Dix), to NNW there is the mainland with Owls Head and the adjacent Monroe and Sheep Island, then we look towards North exactly into the West Penobscot Bay, and the last view towards NE shows us an Archipelago dividing West Penobscot Bay from East Penobscot Bay with many islands and rocks, of which North Haven Island and Vinalhaven Island are the largest ones.
To the SE there is another small group of islets (Matinicus Island and Ragged Island), but this was just towards the direction of the plain sun and thus no photo was possible.
As we are eastbound towards Nova Scotia in Canada, the pilot which brought me down the Bay disembarked just north of Matinicus Island at the "WP" buoy.
We had a pleasant stay in Maine, a quiet US State with most friendly people and beautiful scenery, and I could add another US state to my small US collection.