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Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Frenchman Bay

 
 
Frenchman Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
1. Frenchman Bay Marker
Inscription. Vessels of all types have plied the waters of Frenchman Bay for centuries. Five thousand years ago, indigenous people may have paddled dugout canoes into the bay to reach fishing grounds or hunt sea mammals and swordfish. More recently, Wabanaki Indians used birch bark canoes.
In 1604, the explorer Samuel Champlain charted the bay and named this island "Mount Desert" for its bare-topped mountains. From 1613 to 1760 the French battled the English for possession of North America. French frigates hid behind the Porcupine Islands to prey on English warships passing beyond Schoodic Point.
As settlement grew along the coast, hundreds of schooner, sloop, and fishing smack sails dotted the bay. In the late 1800s, Bar Harbor's popularity as a summer resort drew pleasure craft and steamboats. Today you can see all types of vessels on the bay, from restored schooners to lobster fishing boats and whale watchers.
Over time, the people and their crafts may have changed, but the backdrop of Frenchman Bay, its rugged coastline and islands, has remained essentially the same.
 
Location. 44° 24.319′ N, 68° 14.233′ W. Marker is in Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on Paradise Hill Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Frenchman Bay on a foggy day. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
2. Frenchman Bay on a foggy day.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The 1947 Fire (approx. 1.5 miles away); Bar Harbor, Maine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish Welcomes You (approx. 2 miles away); The Village Burying Ground (approx. 2 miles away); Donald A. Wood Band Stand (approx. 2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
 
More about this marker. Mark is in the overlook of Acadia National Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Frenchman Bay, Maine.
Frenchman Bay in Maine, part of "Down East" Hancock County, is the large body of ocean between the northeastern shoreline of Mount Desert Island and the southern coast of Maine extending along the western shoreline of Schoodic Peninsula. It was named in honor of the famous French Explorer Samuel de Champlain who first sailed in and charted this area for France in early September of 1604. There are many islands in the bay area including Bar Island, Bald Porcupine, Sheep Porcupine, and Long Porcupine Islands. (Submitted on April 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Frenchman Bay.
Frenchman Bay is Maine’s most dramatic bay, dominated by the pink granite of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern
Frenchman Bay with identification of islands. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
3. Frenchman Bay with identification of islands.
You are now looking east-north-east across the bay that borders this quadrant of Mount Desert Island. egg Rock Lighthouse to your right marks the entrance to Frenchman Bay; beyond is the open sea.
The headland in the distance is Schoodic Peninsula, part of which is included in Acadia National Part. Storm waves at Schoodic Point are often dramatic.
seaboard. Champlain Mountain rises from the ocean, then Schooner Head, Great Head, and Otter Cliffs. Rolling, wooded Schoodic Peninsula frames the bay to the east. The smooth ledges of Egg Rock and its welcoming lighthouse mark the middle of the entrance to Frenchman Bay. A procession of bold and cliffy islands and peninsulas lies to the north—the Porcupines, Ironbound, and Grindstone Neck. There are caves in the seaward cliffs of these islands and narrow passages that are a pleasure to thread under sail—Halibut Hole between Ironbound and Jordan, the slot between Rum Key and Long Porcupine, and the passage west of Sheep Porcupine. (Submitted on April 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Frenchman Bay on a Clear Day (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2008
4. Frenchman Bay on a Clear Day (wide view)
Frenchman Bay on a Clear Day (Bar Harbor view) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2008
5. Frenchman Bay on a Clear Day (Bar Harbor view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on April 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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