The Maine Islands in Story and Legend Author:Dorothy Simpson The islands of the Maine coast--some two thousand in all--stretch from Appledore, off New Hampshire, to St. Croix, near the Canadian border. Many of them are so small that they seldom appear on maps, yet each one has its own sovereign importance, its memories and exciting history. — Since the first European explorers sailed along the Maine coast ... more »early in the 1600's, the islands have seen battles, shipwrecks, Indian massacres, and more peaceful interludes of fishing and farming. Millionaires, artists and missionaries have settled on the islands, and pirates have made port there.
Here are stories of such lively characters as Colonel James Swan, who established himself in feudal grandeur on the Burnt Coat Islands....Granny Young, who out-wrestled a black bear at sea and towed the body home....Emily-from-California, an island wife with a wanderlust.... the "Whisperer" who could tame wild horses by talking to them.
Here, too, are the islands' legends--fascinating tales of murder, buried treasure, faithless lovers and ghosts. There is even the story of a ghost ship, the Dead Ship of Harpswell, seen only in the hour after sundown and only by those about to die.
The book is illustrated with maps drawn by Guy Fleming, and a useful appendix that gives a complete alphabetical listing of Maine's tidewater islands and their locations.« less