How To Reach Us
Our Home Port: The historic town of Winterport
is located 12 miles south of Bangor, 11 miles from Searsport, 41
miles from Camden and 65 miles from Bar Harbor. Winterport is located
on the Penobscot River and was once a filled with merchant ships
engaged in the lumber trade. During the 1700's Winertport was part
of the town of Frankfort and considered the "winter port"
for the city of Bangor located several miles up river. Beyond Frankfort,
the river completely froze each winter. In 1860, the town changed
the name of this area that housed the fleets of merchant ships to
Winterport. Winterport's main street features many beautiful sea
captain's homes from the 1700 and 1800's. Currently it is a sleepy
little town with just a few small stores, a B&B and a wonderful
winery specializing in delicious fruit wines made of locally grown
The Docks: We chose the Winterport Cold Storage
Facility & Docks for our home as they are the last surviving
stevedore (one employed in the loading & unloading ships) from
the great age of sail. There is little shipping traffic and we are
very glad to dock WANDERBIRD here at the last of the salty old working
piers that once dominated the riverside. There is plenty of free
parking. Just look for our signs: Expedition Vessel Wanderbird.
Your Arrival: You should plan on arriving in
Winterport between 6 and 9 PM on the evening before your cruise
departs. Our crew will greet you at the docks and show you to your
cabin, and then you will be free to explore the schooner and get
to know your shipmates. You may stay aboard the WANDERBIRD the night
before your cruise departs, but plan on finding dinner in town -
the first meal we serve aboard will be breakfast on the morning
of departure. We will serve a light snack that evening and you will
want to pick up most last minute items while in route.
If you are flying, we suggest the Bangor International
Airport as it is located about 15 minutes from Winterport. You may
also choose to fly into Portland or Boston. Portland is 2 hours
and 40 minutes from Winterport and Boston is 4 hours and 40 minutes
form Winterport. Car rentals are available at all three airports.
From Bangor: Take Broadway/Route 15 for 1&1/2
miles. Turn right onto the ramp for I-95 and continue for 3 miles.
Bear right onto the ramp for I-395 and go 1 mile. Follow ramp to
route 202 and go four miles. Turn left on Western Ave/Route 9 and
go 1/4 mile. Turn right onto U.S. Route 1-A (south) and continue
approximately 10 miles to Winterport. As you enter the village,
look for our sign on the left at the Winterport Cold Storage Facility
on Steamboat Street.
From Portland Area: Take Route I-95 (Maine
Turnpike) for 100+ miles to Exit 44 and bear right (south-east)
onto the Colbrook Road. Turn right onto Route 202. Continue (south)
on U.S. Route 1-A to Winterport. As you enter the village, look
for our sign on the left at the Winterport Cold Storage Facility
on Steamboat Street.
From the Coastal Area: Take U.S. Route 1 North
to Stockton Springs. Bear left onto Route 1-A and travel approximately
11 miles towards Winterport. As you enter the village, look for
our sign on the right at the Winterport Cold Storage Facility on
Click here for a map
(Location= Steamboat Street, Winterport, ME 04496)