Bucks Harbor Marine stands on one of the most historic maritime sites in Maine-- in one of its most beautiful and protected harbors.
Our granite dock was first established in 1814 to load coasting schooners carrying granite block and ice to New York and Boston. In the War of 1812, a British Frigate class Man-O-War spent the winter in what is our present-day mooring field during the Siege of Castine (just around Cape Rosier from our Harbor).
As fishing activity increased and the pastime of yachting grew, the dock became a favorite stopping point to unload catch or rest between ports. In the 1920's and 30's, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would often stop to sample his favorite homemade ice cream. Today, the ice cream is upscale Haagen Daaz….but the President's grandson stops by each summer.
Over the years generations of summer "rusticators" learned to sail at the Bucks Harbor Yacht Club which is one of the oldest in the country. Many of the native sons of Deer Isle were valued recruits for America's Cup Races. Today, their tradition is carried on by the many outstanding boatbuilders and craftsmen still working on wooden boats in our waters. E.B.White (Charlotte's Web) and Robert McCloskey (One Morning In Maine) lived among our Islands and wrote about the region. (Our dock is pictured in McCloskey's One Moring in Maine and Time of Wonder; and Seth Hawkins, his grandson learned about boats as a BHM dockboy.)
Kristofer and Barrett Grimnes acquired the business in 2012 and plan to continue where the previous owners, Jerry and Lois Kirschenbaum, left off after 18 years of hard work rebuilding the Marina Facility, increasing Yacht Services, and created a unique Sail & Power Charter Fleet.