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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Old Steamship Pier
The premier shore dive site in Maine is the Old Steamship Pier in Eastport. The site is the remains of an old steamship pier used by Franklin D. Roosevelt and others. Campobello Island, Canada can be seen right across the way. Currents at this site can be strong due to tidal differences in excess of twenty feet, after all this is the Bay of Fundy area. Marine life is prolific and immense due to high nutrient flow from the currents and tides. Being the site of an old pier and fishing town there is ample opportunity to gather old medicine bottles, clay pipes and other antiquities long ago cast in to the sea. The only down side of the site is that it is a long way from "civilization". It is over a six hour drive from Boston.
Dec 10, 2003, 12:00 AM
The Old Steamship Pier in Eastport is New England's best shore diving site. Entry and exit are quite simple over the small beach. Diving must be done near slack tide to avoid strong currents. Animal life is prolific and large due to high nutrient content in the water. The site has a granite wall that was part of the old steamship pier. The vertical wall is covered in invertebrates and is the hiding place of large lobster and many fish. The slope away from the wall is gentle and depths in excess of 70 feet can be reached. The substrate contains not only unusual animal life but plenty of antique bottles and other "trash" thrown in the waters over history.
Originally posted on shorediving.com