USCGC Abbie Burgess (WLM 553)
You should call the boat the day before you report in to find out whether ABBIE BURGESS will be underway or inport. You should also call your sponsor at least one other time before you report in so he/she can prepare for your arrival. If the boat is underway or away from homeport the day you report, you will report to CG Station Rockland; they will help you contact ABBIE BURGESS. Station Rockland’s phone number is 207-596-6667. If you have any more questions about the area or about reporting in, call the boat at 207-594-2663 or 207-446-4763.
Rockland is half way up Maine's beautiful rocky coast. As a small city, Rockland is self sufficient in providing for its citizens. The Lobster Festival is a huge event that takes place every year in Rockland, ME. It lasts for five days in August, Wednesday through Sunday. There's a parade, a concert, games, booths, and plenty of lobster. The Coast Guard takes an active role in the festival by transporting King Neptune to shore on the 47' small boat and providing open house tours aboard the cutters. The US Navy also takes a part in Lobster Festival.
Penobscot Bay Medical Center and the Health Connections Clinic are located between Rockport and Rockland and can take care of most of your medical needs including emergency care.
Rockland has two grocery stores, a Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Rite Aid, Home Depot, T.J. Max, JC Penny, and an assortment of small shops.
You can see a movie at Flagship Cinemas on Route 1 between Thomaston and Rockland or at the Strand Theatre on Main Street. You can visit the Breakwater Lighthouse and Gift Shop, which are open on the weekends in the summer. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is one of many museums and galleries in town. Its artifacts are tied closely to the Coast Guard’s history. The Rockland area also has dance studios, golf, boat rides, multiple health clubs, and libraries. During the summer Rockland also holds many festivals including the Lobster Festival and Blues Festival.
The Trade Winds
, and the Hampton Inn
are the major hotels in Rockland; several bed and breakfasts and a few smaller motels are also available.
The Village Soup
and the Courier Gazette are the two area newspapers.
An airport is located in Augusta
, Owls Head, and Bangor
. New Hampshire and Massachusetts are alternatives for family visits as they have cheap airfare and are only about 3-4 hours drive.
Other Areas of Interest:
Rockland is close in proximity to Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, and Hope, all of which are beautiful towns. Owls Head is located about ten minutes from Rockland and is home to the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Owls Head Lighthouse. The Owls Head Lighthouse is run by the Coast Guard and a member of one of the local units is always the keeper. Augusta is about forty five minutes north on route 17 and is the states capital. Several strip malls and restaurants can be found in Augusta, as wells as areas of historical interest. The city of Bangor is a good source of entertainment and has a mall; it's located about an hour and a half north on route 1. Naval Air Station Brunswick is south on route 1 about 50 minutes and has a large exchange and a commissary. Freeport is a short distance down route 1 from Brunswick. Freeport has many brand name outlet stores as well as small shops. Portland can be found another few minutes down route 1. Portland is the largest city in Maine and is home to the Maine State Mall. Quoddy Head Lighthouse is located near Lubec, Maine and is the most pictured lighthouse in the United States. Acadia National Park is located in the Bar Harbor/ Southwest Harbor area as well as on Isle Au Haut. White Mountain National Forest is locate on the eastern border of Maine and New Hampshire. Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is located near Calais, ME. There are many other state parks, lighthouses, and ski areas that you can visit.
Other Local CG Units:
- CGC THUNDER BAY: THUNDER BAY is a 140' ice breaking tug.
- CGC TACKLE: TACKLE is a 65' harbor tug.
- CG Station Rockland: The Station has a 47' small boat and two 25' small boats. Its station house contains a barracks and a small exchange