Brush Strokes of Spring in Full Swing

Brush Strokes of Spring in Full Swing
Seafaring traditions

Renewing the shine of proud seafaring traditions...Camden Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

When spring first walked guardedly through the door in the annual change of seasons, activity along Maine’s harbors was barely detectable.

A keen eye noticed subtle preparations designed to ready wharves, floating docks and moorings, but the majestic sailing schooners were still under wraps and the annual armada of pleasure craft had yet to arrive on the flood tide of seasonal temperatures.

No more!

With the arrival of mid-May and the promise it delivers with blooms of color, so too has it inspired the heartbeat of Maine harbors to race with vigor along waterfronts such as Rockport and Camden.

The great decks of the schooners have reemerged in all their glory, while an increasing number of water craft are being tethered to a minefield of moorings awaiting the cyclical return of the boating season.

But just as the brush strokes of spring brings delightful splashes of bright greens about the landscape, accented here and there by the royal colors of the tulips and daffodils, so too do the sailors and mariners apply fresh coats of paint to their proud vessels and craft.

Brush strokes of spring

Brush strokes of spring color (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Sturdy hulls are being sanded and prepped by many a hand, while others swing brushes dripping in vibrant tones that will yield a renewed beauty and pride to their vessel. Decks are being made ship-shape, and at higher levels, masts are being readied to receive their sails.

Observing all the hustle and bustle at water’s edge was invigorating to the soul, for a harbor’s liveliness means that the joys of summer are once again visible on the sparkling horizon of the brine, and with it, the dreams of many will abound.

Soon enough Maine’s snug harbors will be busy, filled with the familiar sounds of humming engines and human voices immersed in a sea of contentment. Regal sails will be unfurled to capture alluring breezes and the vessels they power will glide effortlessly by in sheer elegance.

Yes – all soon enough – and I can hardly wait!

Pride and joy

Pride and joy is on the return...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)


Promise of fair winds and following seas...Camden Harbor (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Gather around

Gather 'round...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)


Purpose whose day has come and gone...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Great hull

Luster will soon return to the great hulls...Camden Harbor (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Stepping stones

Bright green stepping stones into spring...Goose River, Rockport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Rockport Marine

Sparkling and nearly ready for plying the brine...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Threads of subtle color

Threads of subtle color that bind...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)


Saturation of new spring hues...Goose River, Rockport (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)


The links of tradition are unbreakable...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Ebb tide

A rendering of the ebb tide...Goose River, Rockport (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Waiting for deployment

Waiting for deployment...Goose River, Rockport (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Waiting to catch the run

Waiting to catch another run upon flood tide's return...Goose River, Rockport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Drift away

Let your daydreams drift away...Rockport Harbor (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Finishing touches

Finishing touches...Camden Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)