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Haskell Island

Haskell is an island in the town of Harpswell, not accessible by land. It lies at the edge of Casco Bay on the south end of Merriconeag Sound. A summer home to seasonal residents, the island retains many features of its earlier history.

Great Harbor Cove on Haskell Island (2010)

Great Harbor Cove on Haskell Island (2010)

Small Cottage on Haskell Island (2010)

Small Cottage on Haskell Island (2010)

Once known as New Damariscove Island, then Pulpit, it was finally named for a Captain Haskell, who bought the island but apparently never lived there. Its first white resident was Richard Potts, who lived there in 1672. Nearby Potts Point and Potts Harbor still bear his name.

According to Dorothy Simpson,

The island made its brief bow to history one day during the Civil War when Albert Bibber and Eldridge Titcomb, fishing off the island, were captured by the rebel privateer Archer. Yankee and Southern accents twanged and drawled acrimoniously, but in the end Bibber, with a Confederate pistol in his ribs, had to pilot the Archer into Portland Harbor.

Shortly thereafter on June 29, 1863 the privateers were captured after sinking a revenue cutter they had commandeered.

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Additional resources

Simpson, Dorothy. The Maine Islands in Story and Legend. Nobleboro, Me. 1987, pp. 91-92.(/p>

Lossing, Benson John and Wilson, Woodrow. Harper’s Encyclopedia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1906. Harper & Brothers. 1905. p. 377.

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