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September 28, 2023

Massive fire in Port Clyde destroys General Store, Dip Net and ferry terminal

Sarah Thompson / PenBay Pilot A major fire along the Port Clyde waterfront on Sept. 28 destroyed several businesses.

A major fire tore through the commercial waterfront in Port Clyde, reportedly destroying the Port Clyde General Store, the Monhegan Boat Line terminal and the Dip Net restaurant.

According to the PenBay Pilot, the fire was reported to the St. George Fire Department at 10:38 p.m. Wednesday and was still raging well into Thursday morning.

Photos posted on Facebook showed flames and a plume of smoke coming off the waterfront. 

Facebook / Dick Nixon
The aftermath of the fire on the Port Clyde waterfront, showing the Port Clyde General Store and, at left, Linda Bean's Maine Wyeth Art Gallery.

Another business housed in the General Store building is Linda Bean's Maine Wyeth Art Gallery, and photos on Facebook this morning showed extensive damage. Linda Bean is also the owner of the General Store. 

Facebook / Dick Nixon
Firefighters were still stationed outside the Monhegan Boat Line terminal on Thursday morning.

The PenBay Pilot reported that in addition to St. George firefighters, a call to mutual aid departments brought Warren, Cushing, South Thomaston, Thomaston and Owls Head.

Around 11:15 p.m., the Rockland Fire Department was called, and shortly after 1 a.m., Rockport, Camden and Friendship firefighters were requested. By 2 a.m. Thursday, the St. George fire chief was reaching out to other Knox County fire departments for an additional tanker truck, getting a response from Hope Fire Department.

Port Clyde, at the southernmost tip of St. George in Knox County, was once the home of the Port Clyde Packing Co., manufacturer of Port Clyde Sardines. The company was the largest employer in the area, with about 200 workers, until the factory was destroyed by fire in 1970.

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