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If shipping was the lifeblood of Maine from the late 1700s to the late 1800s, then Searsport was its heartbeat. During this time Searsport produced not only some 250 sailing vessels of substantial size but also more than 280 resident ship captains. In 1870 alone it was the home of 10 percent of the captains of the U.S. Merchant Marine.
Still a major Maine port, Searsport has since diversified. Its piers handle bulk cargoes for the manufacturing and agricultural industries throughout northern and eastern Maine.
A number of finely crafted mansions preside over the shaded streets of Searsport; some are part of the Penobscot Marine Museum and many have been turned into bed-and-breakfasts. A wealthy past carries into the present in the form of antiques; Searsport is one of the best known antique centers on Maine's mid-coast.
Those who prefer to experience seafaring on their own will find a municipal wharf and boat landing at their disposal. Just south of town off busy US 1, 183-acre Moose Point State Park offers picnic sites and an unobstructed view of Penobscot Bay. For exceptional sightseeing by car, the 46-mile drive on US 1 between Rockland and Verona runs through Searsport and along the ocean and bay.

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