Explore the 4-Port Loop.
There's an App for that!
The newly formed Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association's (PMHA) celebration of Maine's 200th birthday has been postponed until July 2021. The tall ships, schooners, Navy vessels and UMaine's 3-D printed boat that were originally scheduled to visit the Penobscot River this year to honor Maine's rich maritime heritage are being rescheduled to take part in next summer's festivities.
This year, however, the PMHA has a great new way to learn about the maritime history along the lower Penobscot River Basin. Residents and guests can safely socially distance and view the historic sites and scenery by car, boat, bike or foot with an exciting new cell phone app. Available July 1, it will guide travelers, with photos and text, through the key historical sites, shoreland public access areas and ship viewing sites along the newly created 4-Port Loop. Anchored by the four ports of Bangor/Brewer, Bucksport, Castine and Searsport, other towns along highways, paths and waterways of the 4-Port Loop are Frankfort, Hampden, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, Prospect, Stockton Springs, Verona Island and Winterport. Rediscover this quiet but beautiful part of coastal Maine.
The app can be downloaded, starting July 1, at 4portloop.oncell.com and can be used anytime and year-round. With a resurgence of a great American pastime, the Sunday drive, families are now taking leisurely jaunts as an activity to get out of the house and safely enjoy a change in scenery. It's the perfect time to gather the kids, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy the fresh air and explore the 4-Port Loop.
The mission of the Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association is to provide a historical perspective of the Penobscot River Basin and create tourism and economic opportunities in the Penobscot River Basin with the goals of making the 4-Port Loop a vacation destination in Maine and maintaining it as a sustainable attraction.