Somes Sound History Cruise will launch on October 13

Floating through the Past

Somes Sound History Cruise will launch on October 13


Mount Desert, Maine – September 12, 2017


The geologist William Davis wrote, “Only one scene lies before us of the many that have floated through the past.” A guided cruise aboard the motor vessel Sea Princess will depart the Northeast Harbor Marina on Friday, October 13 at 1:15 pm. The tour will visit scenes of the past in the Great Harbor and Somes Sound, past islands, cliffs, harbors, and communities with stories to tell. Tim Garrity, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, will narrate this cruise of the Atlantic Ocean’s most spectacular ocean inlet.

Passengers will see the remnants of the great volcano that first formed the island and evidence of the glaciers that polished the mountaintops to smooth granite. A turnaround East Bunker Ledge will reveal 18th-century stories of how it got its official and unofficial names. The Sea Princess will visit the site of the Norwood Cove battle that took place during the War of 1812 and the place of the Champlain Society’s first encampment on the shore of Somes Sound.

Tickets are available for $35 and can be obtained at the Acadia Chamber website

The cruise is presented as part of SW Harbor Week, 10 days of tours, concerts, tastings, talks, and demonstrations centered in Southwest Harbor and the surrounding area. The week begins with Acadia’s 22nd Oktoberfest during Columbus Day weekend and ends on Sunday, October 15th at the finish line for the 16th running of the MDI Marathon. Each day during the intervening week a theme will highlight one of the area’s cultural resources. Organized by the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce, SW Harbor Week aims to raise awareness of the institutions and businesses outside the tourist hub of Bar Harbor.