Outer Heron Island

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A headless sea captain’s ghost is rumored to linger here, searching for his head. According to legend, he lost his noggin long ago in a nearby shipwreck.

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Outer Heron Island
United States

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43.7759177, -69.58504549999998
Lincoln County, Maine
Nearest Towns:
Boothbay Harbor, ME (5.7 mi.)
Southport, ME (5.8 mi.)
South Bristol, ME (6.2 mi.)
Boothbay, ME (7.4 mi.)
Westport, ME (10.5 mi.)
Arrowsic, ME (10.9 mi.)
Phippsburg, ME (11.9 mi.)
Edgecomb, ME (12.8 mi.)
Bristol, ME (13.1 mi.)
Monhegan, ME (13.2 mi.)


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  1. Headless Ghost is actually on nearby Damariscove Island. Many tales of outer heron being haunted but not by that particular ghost.

  2. I’ve never heard of a headless captain on Outer Heron, but I do believe it’s haunted.

    My dad had told me the stories about Outer Heron for my whole life and I began bugging him to take me there as soon as he bought his new fishing boat. And finally, he agreed to take me for an up close look at the island I’d heard so much about.

    I was about 12 when he took me to Outer Heron in our 18 ft bass boat.

    Pass the island is open ocean and the water is really choppy near the island. My dad had planned to secure the boat, so that he and I could get out and explore the island, but the island coastline is rocky and unforgiving and the waves made it difficult to control the boat and keep it from hitting the rocks, so unfortunately, my dad couldn’t safely secure the boat for us to both get out and explore.

    My dad knew how excited I had been and my disappointment was obvious, so he came up with a plan to get me on the island. He was able to get close to the rocky shore in one area, close enough for me to jump on the boulders at the shoreline. So over I went! I jumped on the boulder and was finally standing on the infamous Outer Heron Island.

    My dad said he’d make a loop to turn the boat around and pick me back up, so I had about 5 minutes to explore and since I was alone, I didn’t go far haha.

    Nothing scary happened while I was there and, truth be told, it was a beautiful place to be. I felt like I was the only person on the planet. The island seemed so wild and untouched. But my fear kept me from leaving the shore and venturing into the woods, so I can’t speak to the mysteries that may exist upon closer exploration. But it was exciting, nontheless, and I’ll never forget it.

  3. pretty place and a beautiful island , spent alot of time there and endless nights camping overnight,,,, nothing to worry about but illusions too much folklore but fun to talk about,,,, look forwood to taking my grand kids there

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