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Down East, 2E

An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine

Down East, 2E

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Down East, 2E

To modern Mainers, “Down East” refers to the Maine coast east of Penobscot Bay. Maine author and humorist John Gould wrote that Down East is “a never-never land always east of where you are.” But Lincoln Paine returns the phrase to its origins two centuries ago, when Down East meant the bold, serpentine coast teeming with timber and fish that one reached by sailing downwind and east from Boston on the prevailing southwest wind. In other words, Down East is the coast of Maine.

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To modern Mainers, “Down East” refers to the Maine coast east of Penobscot Bay. Maine author and humorist John Gould wrote that Down East is “a never-never land always east of where you are.” But Lincoln Paine returns the phrase to its origins two centuries ago, when Down East meant the bold, serpentine coast teeming with timber and fish that one reached by sailing downwind and east from Boston on the prevailing southwest wind. In other words, Down East is the coast of Maine.

Paine’s overview of Maine’s maritime history ranges from early Native American travel and fishing to pre-Plymouth European settlements, wars, international trade, shipbuilding, boom-and-bust fisheries, immigrant quarrymen, quicklime production, yachting, and modern port facilities, all unfolding against one of the most dramatic seascapes on the planet. Down East can be read in an evening but will be referred to again and again.

After Down East was first published in 2000, Paine went on to write his monumental opus The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. Now he has returned home to the coast of Maine, to revise and update this gem of a book. This edition’s wide-ranging and meticulously captioned photos, paintings, maps, and illustrations complement the incisive text to provide a truly visual journey along a storied coast and through its rich history.

Reviews:

 

“Down East succeeds on every level.”

Maine Times

Down East has the uncommon virtue of being both eminently readable and highly informative.”

—Thomas S. Kane, author of The New Oxford Guide to Writing

Paine’s economy of phrase and clarity of purpose make this book a delight.”

—Walter Cronkite, journalist

“An eloquently condensed history of Maine’s maritime heritage.”

Down East magazine

“This volume packs an impressive wealth of history and geography, geology and ecology—all the elements that have shaped the people and places of a singular state.”

Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute)

“The book’s intent is to give the general reader an enjoyable and accurate overview of the state’s maritime history. Most writers would have shrunk from the task or failed. Remarkably, Paine succeeds. How the writer accomplishes this provides a pointed lesson to historical writers.”

Maine Sunday Telegram

“A masterful synthesis of maritime history, set within the broader context of Maine history. I believe it is the best introduction to the state available.”

—Professor Joel W. Eastman, University of Southern Maine

About the Author:

LINCOLN PAINE is the author of five books and more than a hundred articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. His books include the multi-award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (2013) and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997; named Best of Reference, 1998 by the New York Public Library). From 2009 to 2012, Lincoln was the guest curator and archivist of the Norman H. Morse Collection of Ocean Liner Materials at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, and since 2006 he has been an editor of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, published at Leiden University, The Netherlands, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. He serves on the board of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath (one of the ten best maritime museums in the world, according to marineinsight.com). He and his wife live in Portland. Their daughters are named for ships, including one built in Bath.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 9.00 x 1.016 in
Pages

192

ISBN

978-0-88448-5650

Format

Paperback

Author

Lincoln P. Paine

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