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Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)

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Where is Boothbay, Maine, USA? 

Boothbay, Lincoln, Maine, USA
The area was part of Cape Newagen, where the English established an early seasonal fishing camp. In 1666, Henry Curtis purchased the land from the sachem Mowhotiwormet, commonly known as Chief Robinhood, who lived at what is today Woolwich. But the settlement was attacked and burned during King Philip's War, resettled shortly afterwards, then destroyed again in 1689 during King William's War. It was abandoned for 40 years.

In 1730, Colonel David Dunbar, the superintendent and governor of the Territory of Sagadahock, laid out a new town, named Townsend after Viscount Townshend. Despite predations during the French and Indian Wars, and robberies during the Revolutionary War by marauding British sailors, the settlement was successful, not least because of its large, deep and protected harbor. During the Penobscot Expedition, in 1779 Townsend became a rendezvous point for the American naval fleet prior to its disastrous encounter with the British at Castine.

Renamed Boothbay in 1842, the harbor continued to develop as a fishing center.wikipedia



Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)

Maddocks Factory

Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)

Townsend Square, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)

Eastern Steamship Co's Wharf, Boothbay Harbor, Me.

Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)

Harbor Scene, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay, Maine, USA (Boothbay Harbor)


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1671 (Boothbay) Damariscove had become a thriving community when in 1671, Massachusetts Bay Colony laid claim to the island, extending their eastern borders.
Over the next few years, the Massachusetts General Court established a local government there, and...Read MORE...

1764 (Boothbay) Colonel David Dunbar, governor of the Territory of Sagadahock, laid out a town in 1730 known as Townsend, and convinced about 40 families of Scots-Irish Presbyterians, largely from the north of Ireland, to settle here.
Some were veterans of the Revolution of 1688. Named for Lord Charles Townshend, this settlement...Read MORE...

1812 (Boothbay) After the war of 1812, when the area was harassed by the British, fishing, shipbuilding and shipping developed as major economic activities, followed later in the century by shipments of ice to other parts of the country.
The ice trade was short-lived as refrigeration was introduced in the early 1900′s.
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1842 - Townsend was renamed Boothbay in 1842 after the hamlet of Boothby, which is located about a mile east of Welton le Marsh in Lincolnshire, England.

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1842 - Southport was set off from Boothbay and incorporated as a town.

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1886 - Boothbay
Boothbay, one of the most southerly towns of Lincoln County, is situated between the Damariscotta...Read MORE...

On February 16, 1889, Boothbay Harbor was set off from Boothbay and incorporated as a town.

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1916
Boothbay, a post-village of Lincoln co., Me., in Boothbay township (town), about 11 miles S. of...Read MORE...

1955 - Musical "Carousel" filmed at Boothbay Harbor


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