Fort Gorges

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Especially during the summer months Casco Bay is filled with every type of sea-going water craft imaginable, from supersized cargo tankers to individuals paddling around in a kayak.

On of the most visible landmarks in the bay is Fort Gorges. This military fort was built on Hog Island Ledge for the purpose of protecting the approach to Portland Harbor. Construction was competed in 1865.  A modernization plan was begun in 1876, but with a third of the fort yet unfinished funding was cut-off.

Named after the colonial proprietor of Maine, Sir Ferdinando Gorges, the fort was last used by the military during World War II, when it was used to store submarine mines. It was acquired by the City of Portland in 1960 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Along with my wife and partner Laura, we moved to Maine in 2000, after living in many areas of the United States & Europe, including NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Belgium. We love Portland and are proud to call it home. Our passion is real estate, and we currently own the company Maine Home Connection, providing personalized online home buying & selling services.

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