Many islanders on the coast of Maine depend on the Casco Bay Fleet, located in Portland. The fleet is owned by the Casco Bay Lines. Over a 1,000 trips back and forth proceed through out the year. The fleet began as the Casco Bay Steamboat Company in 1878, In 1907 another fleet the Harpswell Steamboat Company combined, to form the Casco Bay and Harpswell steamboat Company. In 1919, the company shut down because of World War One. A much smaller Company was formed in that following year, the Casco Bay Lines. Currently the fleet consists of five ships, the combine total of all ships these companys own were 27. The Fleet once was held at the Custom House Whraf and since 1980s it changed to the Maine State Pier.

Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.
– Robert N. Rose

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