Harpswell Harbor

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A famous phantom ship was said to appear just before dark. It was depicted in the John Greenleaf Whittier’s 1866 poem “The Dead Ship of Harpswell.” The ship changed size and shape, but always appeared sailing straight ahead at full sail, no matter what the weather was like. Legends say the ghost ship was an omen of death. The ship’s last appearance was said to have been in the 1880s.

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Geographic Information

Harpswell Harbor, Maine
United States

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43.7618902, -70.00305309999999
Cumberland County, Maine
Nearest Towns:
Harpswell Center, ME (2.9 mi.)
Littlejohn Island, ME (6.6 mi.)
Cousins Island, ME (7.0 mi.)
Freeport, ME (8.3 mi.)
Brunswick Station, ME (9.3 mi.)
Yarmouth, ME (9.5 mi.)
Long Island, ME (10.0 mi.)
Phippsburg, ME (10.2 mi.)
Falmouth Foreside, ME (10.4 mi.)
Brunswick, ME (10.7 mi.)


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