The heart of coastal Maine
Where else could Franklin D. Roosevelt fool everyone into thinking he was going fishing when he was actually secretly meeting with Winston Churchill?
This, and other intriguing tales, are told about "Penobscot Bay: People, Ports and Pastimes" ($19.99, The History Press, 2009). Author Harry Gratwick takes readers deeper into midcoast Maine, revealing its impact on the nation and the world. The paperback discusses the bay's notable ships, submarines, people and points of interest, including black-and-white drawings and photos. It is a useful reference for anyone visiting the area or for nearby residents who want to learn more local history.
Gratwick is a longtime summer resident of Vinalhaven, one of the islands on Penobscot Bay, and recently retired from being a history teacher, coach and administrator. When not on the bay, Gratwick and his wife, Tita, spend the winter in Philadelphia. This is his first book.
For information, visit www.historypress.net.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the July 2010 issue.