Southwest Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Many of Maine’s beaches are covered with cobblestones, but here powerful ocean storms have assembled them into a massive seawall. As the waves break, they scour rocks from the base of the beach and carry them up on the shore. As the tide rises, the waves pile the stones higher and higher. When the tide recedes it leaves the larger, heavier stones at the top and drops the smaller, lighter stones down the slope.
“The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place, an area of unrest where waves have broken heavily against the land, where the tides have pressed forward over the continents, receded, then returned.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 14.328′ N, 68° 18.088′ W. Marker is in Southwest Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker can be reached from Seawall Road (Maine Route 102A), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located near the water in the Seawall picnic area. Marker is in this post office area: Southwest Harbor ME 04679, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bass Harbor Head Light (approx. 2.1 miles away); a Bass Harbor Head Light (approx. 2.1 miles away); A Steadfast Light (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bass Harbor Head Light Station (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mariners Beware! (approx. 2.1 miles away); Joseph T. Musetti Jr. Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Carriage Roads - Building the Roads (approx. 5.1 miles away); Somes Sound (approx. 5½ miles away).
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of the ocean seawall. An illustration at the bottom left of the marker shows how the seawall is created. It has a caption of “Strong currents and storms pull cobbles into the surf and then deposit them in new patterns on the shore.”
Next to this is a photograph of a road littered with rocks, and has a caption of “Sometimes winter storms are so powerful the surf breaks through the seawall and dumps debris on the roadway.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 90 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.