Place names

By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 20, 2013

101166719_sidebar_main

The US Geological Survey's Board on Geographic Names registers the importance of cod, haddock, and halibut to Mainers:

There is a COD COVE just east of Wiscasset along Route 1; COD LEDGE between Swans Island and Isle au Haut; COD LEDGES (plural) just west of Winter Harbor; CODHEAD LEDGE in eastern Englishman Bay, just off Machias; and TOM COD COVE off Castine.

The highest concentration of cod-named places is east of Cape Elizabeth in Casco Bay, where boaters can find EAST COD LEDGE, EAST COD LEDGE ROCK, WEST COD LEDGE, and (surprise!) WEST COD LEDGE ROCK. (Also the COD ROCKS are on a point of land in the Sprague estate in Cape Elizabeth.)

There's HADDOCK ISLAND in Muscongus Bay (off which are HADDOCK ISLAND KELP LEDGE and HADDOCK ISLAND LEDGE). Three places are called HADDOCK LEDGE — west of Isle au Haut, off Lincolnville, and southwest of Matinic Island. There's a HADDOCK ROCK off the end of Harpswell Neck; HALIBUT HOLE west of Winter Harbor (and barely north of Cod Ledges); HALIBUT LEDGE southeast of Vinalhaven; HALIBUT ROCK in the Muscle Ridge Islands off South Thomaston; two places called HALIBUT ROCKS — south of Popham Beach, and west of Swans Island (which also has a WEST HALIBUT ROCK nearby); and WEST HALIBUT LEDGES where Isle au Haut Bay meets East Penobscot Bay

Also, don't forget CODFISH RIDGE way up in Aroostook County, between Houlton and Millinocket.

If you want to see a map of all of these places, point your fishing boat's browser to tinyurl.com/MaineFishPlaceNames.

>> READ: "Groundfishing in New England faces a bleak present and an uncertain future" by Deirdre Fulton <<

  Topics: News Features , fish, Cod
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY JEFF INGLIS
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PORTLAND VS. HER PEOPLE  |  March 19, 2014
    This city, which all agree is lucky to have so many options, has leaders who do not behave as if they have any choice at all. To the frustration of the citzenry, the City Council and the Planning Board often run off with the first partner who asks for a dance.
  •   LEARNING FROM FAIRPOINT'S DISASTERS  |  March 06, 2014
    Two bills before the Maine legislature seek to pry lessons from the hard time FairPoint has had taking over the former Verizon landline operations in Maine since 2009.
  •   BEYOND POLITICS  |  March 06, 2014
    Today’s US media environment might well seem extremely gay-friendly.
  •   THE ONLINE CHEF  |  February 27, 2014
    It turns out that home-cooked scallops are crazy-easy, super-delicious, and far cheaper than if you get them when you’re dining out.
  •   RISE OF THE E-CURRENCIES  |  February 12, 2014
    Plus: Is Rhode Island ready for Bitcoin? Two perspectives

 See all articles by: JEFF INGLIS