THE GULF OF MAINE

The Gulf of Maine is an extraordinarily beautiful, vibrant and diverse ecosystem, but one that is under pressure from human activity. Sailing the Gulf gave us our inspiration for making From the Bow Seat.

Greetings From the Bow Seat,

Wow! Who knew what an amazing place the Gulf of Maine is? While sailing in Muscongus Bay, author Colin Woodard described the Gulf as the “perfect accident.”

The Gulf of Maine is best pictured as a bathtub. It's surrounded by underwater barriers, such as Georges and Browns Banks, which isolate it from the larger ocean. Rivers, like the St. John, Merrimack and Penobscot, flow into this "tub" bringing nutrients, and the strong tides circulate these nutrients throughout the Gulf, creating especially fertile waters.

It has been called one of the world’s premier fishing grounds because of these unique geographical features. Come explore it with us!

Cheers!
Linda

Videos

Description of the Gulf (part 1)

The Gulf of Maine is an international water body ranging from Massachusetts to Noav Scotia with 36,000 square miles of ocean.
courtesy of NOAA

Georges's Bank and Brown's bank, just beneath the surface, act as a barrier to the open ocean, creating a "bathtub" of nutrient-filled water within the Gulf.
courtesy of NOAA

There are roughly 5,000 islands in the Gulf of Maine.

The convoluted, jagged coast of rocky penisulas and inlets makes for over 7,500 miles of shoreline.