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United States : Maine

2.8 miles (4.5 km) E of Andrews Island, Knox, ME, USA
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 111°E

Accuracy: 18 m (59 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking west from the confluence. #3: View of Little Green & Green Island from the confluence #4: Approaching the confluence through dense fog. #5: Ray Wirth approaching the confluence. #6: Roland Wirth approaching the confluence. #7: Reading the chart before heading to the confluence. #8: Roland returning to the Muscle Ridge archipelago. #9: An eskimo roll on the confluence spot. #10: GPS reading.

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  44°N 69°W (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence spot immediately off the bow of the kayak.

(visited by Ray Wirth and Roland Wirth)

31-Jul-2003 -- We left at 4:45 AM for the 30-mile drive from Belfast to Owls Head, Maine. At Owls Head, we put our sea kayaks in at Ash Point and paddled through dense fog out to Ash Island and then took a compass bearing south across the Muscle Ridge Channel (dodging lobster boats in the low visibility soup) toward Otter Island. We continued past High Island and Andrews Island, and then followed a GPS bearing another 1.9 nautical miles to the confluence spot.

As we left the Muscle Ridge archipelago, we paddled out of the fog and into brilliant sunlight and gentle swells. Harbor porpoises played beside our kayaks as we stopped at the Confluence to take photos. Two Bush lighthouse, Andrews Island, Green Island, and Matinicus Island were all visible from the Confluence. The mainland about 4 miles away was still shrouded in fog.

On our return trip - with the fog lifting - we saw harbor seals, blue heron, loons, and guillemots. We returned to our launch site by 9:30 AM feeling we had seen a lot in a few short hours.


 All pictures
#1: Confluence spot immediately off the bow of the kayak.
#2: Looking west from the confluence.
#3: View of Little Green & Green Island from the confluence
#4: Approaching the confluence through dense fog.
#5: Ray Wirth approaching the confluence.
#6: Roland Wirth approaching the confluence.
#7: Reading the chart before heading to the confluence.
#8: Roland returning to the Muscle Ridge archipelago.
#9: An eskimo roll on the confluence spot.
#10: GPS reading.
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  Notes
In the Gulf of Maine, but with a view of land.