The Mastodon Bone, found May 1970 in a cove off Great Cranberry Island by Wesley Bracy, Jr. -- see story, below. This seems to indicate that the Cranberry Isles and Mt. Desert were once part of the mainland, as it is highly unlikely that such a large, elephant-like animal would swim to the island.|
Photo courtesy of Wesley Bracy, Jr.
Mastodon Bone Located At Cranberry IslesBy Homer T. Ford
The Township of Cranberry Isles, comprised of Great Cranberry, Islesford, Suttons Island, and Bakers Island, guarded by the majestic and beautiful Cadillac Mountain, is not only a vacationer’s paradise because of the fiord-like mountain fingers that run to the sea, and the white sails that dot the blue ocean, and the boats of the fishermen, and the clean fresh air that remains untainted by pollution. It is also a Mecca for scuba and skin divers, who like their view from the bottom up.
As a child growing up on Cranberry Island, I heard tales of the old sailing vessels that had run aground during storms, and how their hulks still were being washed by the ceaseless tides and their cargoes still at the bottom of the ocean. No one then ever dreamed of probing the murky depths to retrieve the sunken treasures.
That has all been changed. Wesley P. Bracy Jr., of Great Cranberry Isles, and his diving partner, Frank Brown of Northeast Harbor, have been probing the ocean depths with success.
The two, members of the Maine Aqua Club, have been searching the ocean bottom in and around the islands which comprise the Township of Cranberry Isles.
Aside from recovering a 500-pound anchor and other relics of the sea, the men came up recently with a strange looking bone.
Not knowing exactly what they had, they turned it over to the University of Maine for examination. The verdict... “you have uncovered a mastodon bone.”
Officials at the college agree the bone is one of the prehistoric animal, and was located farther north on the Atlantic seacoast then has ever been recovered before.
The men not content with this find, continued their explorations, and recently discovered about 100 grindstones, weighing from five pounds to two tons.
Natives recall tales of the ship and place its sinking about 100 years ago.
The grindstones, many of which are still in perfect condition have caused collectors of early Americana and just curious spectators to come from miles away to view the find.
Bracy says the uses to which the grindstones may be put is limitless, excluding their original purpose of sharpening blades and the like.
All of the grindstones are round with bored centers, and with the exception of some barnacles and other sea growth, are in excellent condition for their long submersion.
Bracy says most of the people seeking the stones wish to have them left as they were taken from the sea.