Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
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. The French Connection (a few steps from this marker); Ocean Highways (a few steps from this marker); Signs of the Seasons (approx. 0.6 miles away); The 1947 Fire (approx. 1½ miles away); Bar Island (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Kedge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bar Harbor, Maine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bar Harbor Soldiers Monument (approx. 1.9 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 seaboard. Champlain Mountain rises from the ocean, then Schooner (Submitted on April 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Natural Features • Waterways & Vessels •
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 1,051 times since then and 19 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.