Ships come in-and-out of Portland Harbor daily carrying precious, and sometimes even hazardous, freight. This is the story of one ship's passage through the port and the tugboats, and crew, who make that trip possible.
In the late 1980s, the Waterfront Alliance began drafting recommendations for Portland's waterfront zones. Those recommendations laid the groundwork for the waterfront's future, and established the West Port Development Zone as an industrial working port.
Between Chandler's Wharf, to the east, and Union Wharf, to the west, there stands a narrow wooden pier, flanked by fish houses and lobster boats. It is here that Leland Merrill, a 92 year-old resident of Portland, worked for the past 66 years.
In the past four years there's been a lot of activity under the Casco Bay Bridge. The International Marine Terminal is now a fully operational freight facility, connecting Maine with the rest of North America and the North Atlantic.
There's a lot of silt between Portland Harbor's wharves and piers, and some of it is very, very dirty. For decades, pier owners have worked to incite a collective effort to remove and dispose of this material. But once we remove it, where do we put it?
Gretchen Frank is the first mate senior designating deckhand on Machigonne II. Five days a week, seven runs a day, Gretchen directs cars and passengers onto the Casco Bay Lines ferry to Peaks Island, Maine.
A look inside Bristol Seafood's processing plant on the Portland waterfront. Bristol's President and CEO, Peter Handy, takes us for a tour of the factory and explains how he hopes to get more people excited about eating seafood.