CIHS Exhibit 2008-2009
World War II Comes to Chebeague
World War II had a major impact on Casco Bay, its mainland and its islands. This exhibit explored what the war meant to Chebeague.
Three weeks after Pearl Harbor, the scene upon traveling to the island was described as follows:
“The United States is now, formally, at war with Japan, Germany and Italy. Portland, being a base for the Northern Atlantic Fleet as well as an important shipbuilding center, is a key point in our nation’s defense. On the way down with Earl (Stockbridge) on the Gurnet, my eyes and ears observe: Bath-Todd Co. at S. Portland; the great new shipyard to the west of the breakwater, soon to be torn down; the patrol boats in Portland Harbor, ready to stop or fire on any small boat; the great tanks floating the submarine net clear across Hussey’s Sound. Two patrol boats, about 80’ long, stand by this net day and night, guarding the very small opening. Also in Hussey’s they have a giant driller, which is drilling holes in the ledge a few hundred yards east of Pumpkin Knob."