A unique outdoor opportunity in our backyard

Ellsworth American - 07-19

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Just 33 miles from downtown Bucksport there is an often missed treasure that few places in Maine can rival. Around 1901, because of its deep water near shore and its proximity to shipping lanes to Europe, the U.S. Navy chose Lamoine as the site for a coaling station for its ships. Construction of the station was completed in 1902, at a cost of $300,000 ($9 million in today’s dollars) but was only in operation for a short time when the Navy reported in 1909 that the station was “seldom used” because oil had replaced coal as the major fuel used by Navy ships. It was shut down in 1912, “with a view to its ultimate abandonment and disposal of the land.”

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