|Not much of Middle Ground was showing|
The Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks tells its tale.
|Paddling through the inside, seeing more beams below water|
|Nice detail of the iron bars|
|Mill Pond Island (At some tides), taken from the top of the dam|
Coming up on it at low tide, I could see the dam exterior was just small rocks. It looked like a simple do it yourself project: build a dam from nearby rock and have free power provided by tides. But from the top, seeing the 10-15 foot width, made it apparent that this was no simple task, but represented hundreds of hours stacking rocks, not to mention designing the actual mill mechanisms. This dam once hosted a saw mill and a grist mill capable of grinding one hundred bushels a day; it could operate 16 of 24 hours in the day. However, by the time an of 1868 Hydrographic Survey, it was idle.
|The current dam, falls to the right|
And our fourth highlight: As we came back to the main channel we noticed many sailboats heading out the Bagaduce River to Penobscot Bay. I wondered for a moment if they might be reenacting great paintings of the Penobscot Expedition Naval disaster (with a retreating cloud bank filling in for flames) which took place July 24-August 12 1779.
|Penobscot Expedition by Dominic Serres|
|Our view heading out|
|Milling about by the Harbor Buoy (to the left) Dyces Head is in the background.|
|Several boats in action|
Castine Kayak operates tours in Castine Harbor. When we arrived we met a woman who was excited to be heading out on a morning tour. And when we got back, she was even happier, as she just signed up for a second afternoon tour. A pretty neat review...