All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, September 19, 2005

Arrrgh, Today Be a Holiday

Since today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, it's only right to point out Maine's history with pirates.
  • Captain Dixey Bull raided Pemaquid in 1632.
  • Partners "Black" Samuel Bellamy and Paulsgrave Williams allegedly constructed a vast underground vault in Machias.
  • Pirate loot was reportedly buried at "Cod Lead," a gravel mound in the town of Prospect.
  • Gold coins were found in the 19th century at Cedar Ledges in Casco Bay and on Richmond Island off Cape Elizabeth.
  • A lighthouse keeper at Fort Point in Stockton Springs reported seeing pirates burying treasure chests at Sandy Point, or perhaps French's Point.
  • Captain Kidd is said to have frequented Appledore, in the Isles of Shoals, and is thought to have buried treasure there. John Quelch and Ned Lowe also visited these islands regularly, and Edward "Blackbeard" Teach reportedly cached silver there. On White Island, the mistress of a corsair in Blackbeard's command pledged to stand guard over his share of the treasure: a task to which she reportedly still attends.
  • Every Maine island of significance, from Mount Desert and Isle au Haut to Monhegan, has been suggested a burial place for pirate booty.

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