WERU’s fall BoatTalk Cruise on Somes Sound, departing from the Northeast Harbor Town Dock aboard Diver Ed’s Starfish Enterprise on Sunday, September 14, at 1:30pm, has been dubbed the “BoatTalk Save our Sound Cruise.” Often referred to as “America’s only East Coast Fiord,” Somes Sound was declassified from fiord to fiard by the Maine Geological Survey in November 1998. Historically called a fiord, Somes Sound seemed doomed to go the way of the former planet Pluto until the BoatTalk Guys from WERU-FM Community Radio decided to attempt to rescue the situation. BoatTalk airs on WERU on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 AM.
WERU’s Alan Sprague says, “The geologists say that Somes Sound does not have any anoxic sediment, which is a criteria for a true fiord. Anoxic sediments contain little to no oxygen and are found in what most people call dead zones.” Sprague continued, “So we’re going to fix that. On September 14th we’re going to drop overboard a granite plaque inscribed with ‘Long live the Grateful Dead,’ thereby creating a ‘dead zone’ on the bottom of Somes Sound.”
The plaque to be placed at the bottom of Somes Sound will have the names of “Bottom Liners” etched into it also. Bottom liners are individuals or organizations that, for a $50 donation, will have their name engraved on the stone and receive a certificate verifying their participation in creating the dead zone and preserving history, along with Somes Sound’s respect. Spectator seating will be available for $20 each to witness the dropping of the plaque from Diver Ed’s boat, the Starfish Enterprise. Christened the “BoatTalk Save Our Sound Cruise,” the adventure will begin at 1:30 Sunday afternoon September 14, when the boat departs from the Northeast Harbor Town Dock for a two-hour cruise.
All people on board will not only have a boat ride up beautiful Somes Sound, but will also be witnesses to the tossing of the plaque into fiord preservation history. WERU and other media will be on board to record the event, as will an official representative of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society to document the historical occasion.
Tickets for the cruise are $20 per person, children under 12 free. The Starfish Enterprise is handicapped accessible, but those using wheelchairs should contact WERU in advance. Bottom Liners can sign-up to have their name on the plaque for a $50 donation, and cruise tickets are available by calling WERU during regular business hours at 469-6600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cruise is a benefit for WERU Community Radio and the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, both of which are non-profit organizations. Diver Ed has donated his boat the Starfish Enterprise for this event and Freshwater Stone of Orland has donated the plaque and engraving. For more information, visit weru.org.