Photo courtesy of Peter Ralson
As you stroll along the walking paths at the Rockport Marine Park, you will be treated with a fantastic view of one of Maine’s scenic harbors. Daily sailing cruises are also available with eco tours and gourmet sunset cruises in which you can enjoy Maine’s seafood cuisine and the beautiful views of Penobscot Bay all at the same time.
The Rockport Marine Park has one boat lauch ramp, picnic tables, benches, outhouses, and several floats. Visitors can fish off the Harbor Master’s dock. Rockport Marine Park is also home to a memorial honoring the legendary Andre the Seal.
Andre was a harbor seal that spent summers in Rockport’s Harbor. Professional scuba diver, Harry Goodridge, found Andre in 1961, when the seal was just a pup. Goodridge assumed that the young seal had been abandoned by its mother. Goodridge kept Andre in a floating pen and taught the seal how to do tricks. These tricks eventually made Andre famous. However, Andre also caused a bit of raucous in the harbor, so Goodridge shipped the seal to the New England Aquarium in Boston during the winters.
When Andre was released in the spring, the seal swam 150 miles north, home to Rockport. Everyone was surprised, yet Andre performed the same trip the next spring, and the next, until Andre’s return home became something of an event. Andre died in 1986. The statue that stands in Rockport Harbor was dedicated to Andre in 1978. He unveiled it himself.
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