18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Out of the Fog

The schooner Timberwind sails out of the fog past Fort Gorges in Casco Bay, Maine. She is flying the original 1901 Maine Flag that features two of Maine’s most well-known symbols: the white pine (Maine’s state tree), and the North Star representing the state motto, Dirigo, which is Latin for “I direct.” The 96-foot Timberwind is a two-masted schooner that was built in 1931 by Victor Cole at Union Wharf in Portland, Maine. For nearly four decades (until 1969) it was named the Portland Pilot and was responsible for meeting incoming vessels outside the harbor and piloting them to their berths. It was briefly commandeered for service by the Coast Guard during World War II. The Timberwind is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Gorges is a former United States military fort built on Hog Island Ledge in Casco Bay, Maine. Built from 1858 to 1864, no battles were fought there and no troops were stationed there. Advancing military technology, including iron clad ships and long range guns, made the fort obsolete before it could be used. The fort is now a park, accessible only by boat. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 10.2020
Photo Location: Portland, Maine, United States of America
Copyright: © Jean Cousins