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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Three Junks of Pork

There are at least three places in Maine called "Junk of Pork." One lies a few miles beyond Peaks Island, and was described by Samuel Drake Adams in 1891 as "a tough morsel even for old salts." A photograph taken last year confirms the following description from 1892:
The rock is called the Junk of Pork, and is one of the most dangerous on the Maine coast. It rises precipitously to a height of nearly fifty feet from the surface of the sea, and is encompassed with countless bowlders and jagged reefs. [Link]
A second Junk of Pork lies in Flanders Bay, in the town of Sorrento. It was described by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey as "a small dirt cone of unusual appearance."

An even smaller Junk of Pork, shown here, is located in Beech Hill Pond, in the town of Otis.

The Maineism "junk"—meaning "a fairish-sized piece; a hunk"—made it into the Dictionary of American Regional English in 1985.

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