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Beautifully eerie photos of an abandoned fort off the coast of Maine – Business Insider

We took a tandem sea kayak to Fort Gorges from Portland, Maine, which is only accessible by boat.

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A tandem kayak comfortably seats two people, and it felt more stable than a single kayak.
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The total trip is about 2.5 miles. Maine’s coast has dynamic sea conditions. This includes big tides and swift currents. When planning trips, time of day doesn’t matter so much as these conditions, which can be calm as a pond or too windy for tours depending on the day.

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The total trip is about 2.5 nautical miles if you loop around the fort.
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Source: Portland Paddle

The granite was quarried on the coast of Maine. Granite quarries were a huge industry on the Coast of Maine back in the 19th century.

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A view of the fort from our kayak.
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Source: Portland Paddle

Cormorants and gulls were perched on the rocks near the ledge. These birds live on ledges all over the coast of Maine.

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Cormorants and gulls are just a few of the bird types you’ll find nesting on Maine’s coast.
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Source: Portland Paddle

This is a parrot rifle, and its the only Civil War relic that remains at Fort Gorges. All the other cannons from that time were sold for parts, but at 300 lbs, this one was too heavy and inconveniently placed to be moved. It was the biggest type of gun used during the Civil War.

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A parrot rifle from the Civil War remains.
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Source: Portland Paddle

After World War II, Fort Gorges was abandoned until 1960, when Portland, Maine, acquired it and added it to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Gun platforms on the first two floors of the fort.
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Source: “The Forts of Maine”

According to the Press Herald, Fort Gorges is one of Maine’s most endangered historic places.

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The fort is slowly falling apart.
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Source: Press Herald

After finishing our three-hour tour that consisted of two hours of kayaking and one hour of exploring, we said goodbye to the group and headed to Highroller Lobster Co. in Portland, where we treated ourselves to another piece of Maine’s history — delicious lobster rolls.

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Lobster rolls originated in Maine.
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