Folks in town are friendly, and if you need anything (lobsters or other seafood delicacies), they will likely be more than willing to help. The last time I was in here, I scored some lovely mahogany quahogs — so fresh we ate them on the half shell. There is a small grocery store a short walk from the dock, but otherwise, you’ll need a vehicle to reach more extensive shopping. Hiking around town is a pleasure and, no doubt, you’ll strike up some interesting conversations along the way. Mention Nash Island, the lighthouse built in 1874, and the Friends of Nash Island and “Jenny,” Jenny Cirone (lifetime sheepherder and lobster woman extraordinaire) who grew up on Nash when her father was the lightkeeper out there, and you’ll make friends for life.
A great piece published on the MCHT (Maine Coast Heritage Trust) website tells Jenny’s story. She raised her own sheep, renowned for their exceptional “fog bathed” fleece, on Nash and the two neighboring islands, Big Nash and the Ladle. She died at the age of 91 in 2004, but her legend and her treasured memory live on. She left the islands to a friend who later sold a portion of Little Nash and the Ladle to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, who will safeguard their preservation and Jenny’s legacy for perpetuity.
Downeast Coastal Conservancy: DCC manages three preserves within the Eastern Harbor area: Tibbett’s Island, Ingersoll Point, and Sheep Island. All are within walking distance and are described in this Trail Map Guide.
Oscar Lowell Look, Jr. is remembered for his big heart and generous spirit. You can find a book of poetry he wrote published posthumously by his daughter, Erin, called A Way Down East, flashes from Maine’s north coast. In it you’ll find a vivid memory of Oscar intercepting my parents at sea on their anniversary and tossing two extremely fresh bugs from his boat SOUTHWIND to theirs, SNOWBIRD.
Other Nearby Anchorages: Flint Island, Trafton Island, and the Mud Hole are close by. You can also anchor in the cove behind Moose Neck.