Isle au Haut: Portraits of an island community in winter

Posted March 06, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Stars surround Robinson Point Lighthouse Station on Isle au Haut during a winter evening on the island.
Stars surround Robinson Point Lighthouse Station on Isle au Haut during a winter evening on the island. Buy Photo
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family there. There are four generations of Barters living on the island. Summer brings about 500 residents and many more tourists to the island. The bustling island, south of Stonington, can quickly become desolate during the winter months but a tight community of about 25-30 residents remains.
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family there. There are four generations of Barters living on the island. Summer brings about 500 residents and many more tourists to the island. The bustling island, south of Stonington, can quickly become desolate during the winter months but a tight community of about 25-30 residents remains. Buy Photo
The Mink is the postal boat that services Isle au Haut. It also acts as a ferry service, leaving Stonington for the island twice daily.
The Mink is the postal boat that services Isle au Haut. It also acts as a ferry service, leaving Stonington for the island twice daily. Buy Photo
Garrett Aldrich (left), captain and manager of The Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut, and deckhand Pat Haskell make a trip to the Maine island Tuesday morning from Stonington. The boat also acts as a ferry service, making trips to the island twice daily.
Garrett Aldrich (left), captain and manager of The Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut, and deckhand Pat Haskell make a trip to the Maine island Tuesday morning from Stonington. The boat also acts as a ferry service, making trips to the island twice daily. Buy Photo
Paula Greatorex rides the Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut in Maine and also acts as a ferry service, on a recent morning from Stonington. Greatorex is Isle au Haut's schoolteacher and lives on the island.
Paula Greatorex rides the Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut in Maine and also acts as a ferry service, on a recent morning from Stonington. Greatorex is Isle au Haut's schoolteacher and lives on the island. Buy Photo
The Mink is the postal boat that services Isle au Haut.
The Mink is the postal boat that services Isle au Haut. Buy Photo
Paula Greatorex rides The Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut and also acts as a ferry service, on a recent morning from Stonington. Greatorex is Isle au Haut's schoolteacher and lives on the island.
Paula Greatorex rides The Mink, a postal boat that services Isle au Haut and also acts as a ferry service, on a recent morning from Stonington. Greatorex is Isle au Haut's schoolteacher and lives on the island. Buy Photo
Steve Shaffer (right) and Dianne Bowen show some of Black Dinah Chocolatier's confections during a weekday morning on Isle au Haut in Maine. Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and recently decided to expand production to the mainland in Portland.
Steve Shaffer (right) and Dianne Bowen show some of Black Dinah Chocolatier's confections during a weekday morning on Isle au Haut in Maine. Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and recently decided to expand production to the mainland in Portland. Buy Photo
Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and recently decided to expand production to the mainland in Portland. Dianne, who has lived on the island for 25 years, will be moving to Portland to work at the new factory there.
Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and recently decided to expand production to the mainland in Portland. Dianne, who has lived on the island for 25 years, will be moving to Portland to work at the new factory there. Buy Photo
Dianne Bowen shows Black Dinah Chocolatier's factory during a weekday morning on Isle au Haut. Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and its owners recently decided to expand production to the mainland. Bowen, who has lived on the island for 25 years, will be moving to Portland to work at the new factory there.
Dianne Bowen shows Black Dinah Chocolatier's factory during a weekday morning on Isle au Haut. Black Dinah Chocolatiers is one of the few businesses on the island and its owners recently decided to expand production to the mainland. Bowen, who has lived on the island for 25 years, will be moving to Portland to work at the new factory there. Buy Photo
Joey, a cat owned by the proprietors of Black Dinah Chocolatiers, walks down a path up Black Dinah Mountain recently on Isle Au Haut.
Joey, a cat owned by the proprietors of Black Dinah Chocolatiers, walks down a path up Black Dinah Mountain recently on Isle Au Haut. Buy Photo
Michael Barter, 13, plays basketball during recess on a recent afternoon on Isle au Haut. Barter is one of four students that attend school in Isle Au Haut's one-room schoolhouse.
Michael Barter, 13, plays basketball during recess on a recent afternoon on Isle au Haut. Barter is one of four students that attend school in Isle Au Haut's one-room schoolhouse. Buy Photo
Michael Barter (left), 13, and Connor Maxcy, 11, are two of the four students that attend school in Isle au Haut's one-room schoolhouse.
Michael Barter (left), 13, and Connor Maxcy, 11, are two of the four students that attend school in Isle au Haut's one-room schoolhouse. Buy Photo
Paula Greatorex reads a book to students at Isle au Haut's one-room schoolhouse. Greatorex acts as the island's schoolteacher and lives on the island.
Paula Greatorex reads a book to students at Isle au Haut's one-room schoolhouse. Greatorex acts as the island's schoolteacher and lives on the island. Buy Photo
Isle au Haut has a one-room schoolhouse where four students attend classes.
Isle au Haut has a one-room schoolhouse where four students attend classes. Buy Photo
Isle au Haut has a one-room schoolhouse where four students attend classes.
Isle au Haut has a one-room schoolhouse where four students attend classes. Buy Photo
Many of the vehicles on Isle au Haut are unregistered, old and have operational problems. It's difficult to get junkers off the island because it means paying for a pricey barge to haul the vehicles away.
Many of the vehicles on Isle au Haut are unregistered, old and have operational problems. It's difficult to get junkers off the island because it means paying for a pricey barge to haul the vehicles away. Buy Photo
Kendra Chubbuck (left) and John DeWitt own Shore Shop Gifts, which sells Maine-made gifts on Isle au Haut.
Kendra Chubbuck (left) and John DeWitt own Shore Shop Gifts, which sells Maine-made gifts on Isle au Haut. Buy Photo
John DeWitt is a lobster fisherman and also helps run Shore Shop Gifts on Isle au Haut.
John DeWitt is a lobster fisherman and also helps run Shore Shop Gifts on Isle au Haut. Buy Photo
Payson Barter (from left), Bernadine Barter and Megan Wibberly enjoy chowder at Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Summer brings about 500 residents and many more tourists to the island. The bustling island, south of Stonington, can quickly become desolate during the winter months, but a tight community of about 25-30 residents remains.
Payson Barter (from left), Bernadine Barter and Megan Wibberly enjoy chowder at Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Summer brings about 500 residents and many more tourists to the island. The bustling island, south of Stonington, can quickly become desolate during the winter months, but a tight community of about 25-30 residents remains. Buy Photo
Bernadine Barter serves chowder at Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months.
Bernadine Barter serves chowder at Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Buy Photo
Bill (left) and Payson Barter talk during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months.
Bill (left) and Payson Barter talk during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Buy Photo
Bernadine Barter chats with other islanders during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months.
Bernadine Barter chats with other islanders during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served on Isle au Haut as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Buy Photo
Payson (from left), Bill and Bernadine Barter talk with Ed White and other Isle au Haut residents during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months.
Payson (from left), Bill and Bernadine Barter talk with Ed White and other Isle au Haut residents during Tuesday's Table, a free dinner served as a way for island residents to enjoy the company of others during the isolation of winter months. Buy Photo
Robinson Point Lighthouse Station on Isle au Haut is lit by headlamps during a winter evening on the island.
Robinson Point Lighthouse Station on Isle au Haut is lit by headlamps during a winter evening on the island. Buy Photo
Garrett Aldrich (from left), Sharon Daley, Steve Shaffer, Bill Barter and other island residents and boat staff eat breakfast aboard the Sunbeam V during a recent morning on Isle au Haut. The Sunbeam, a 75-foot-long Maine Coast Mission boat, makes frequent stops on Isle au Haut and serves as a meeting place for services, fellowship, meals and meetings.
Garrett Aldrich (from left), Sharon Daley, Steve Shaffer, Bill Barter and other island residents and boat staff eat breakfast aboard the Sunbeam V during a recent morning on Isle au Haut. The Sunbeam, a 75-foot-long Maine Coast Mission boat, makes frequent stops on Isle au Haut and serves as a meeting place for services, fellowship, meals and meetings. Buy Photo
Fishing boats remain moored near the Isle Au Haut town dock throughout the winter months. Lobster fishing employs many year-round residents on the island.
Fishing boats remain moored near the Isle Au Haut town dock throughout the winter months. Lobster fishing employs many year-round residents on the island. Buy Photo
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family here. There are four generations of Barters living on the island.
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family here. There are four generations of Barters living on the island. Buy Photo
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family here. There are four generations of Barters living on the island.
Bill Barter was born on Isle au Haut and has raised his family here. There are four generations of Barters living on the island. Buy Photo
The basketball court in the Isle au Haut library building.
The basketball court in the Isle au Haut library building. Buy Photo
The library on Isle au Haut is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during winter months.
The library on Isle au Haut is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during winter months. Buy Photo
Rob Benson, pastor to the Outer Island, walks down a road on Isle au Haut during a snowstorm.
Rob Benson, pastor to the Outer Island, walks down a road on Isle au Haut during a snowstorm. Buy Photo
Many of the vehicles on Isle au Haut are unregistered, old and have operational problems.
Many of the vehicles on Isle au Haut are unregistered, old and have operational problems. Buy Photo
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there.
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there. Buy Photo
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there.
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there. Buy Photo
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there.
Ed White is a year-round Isle au Haut resident. He lived on a sailboat for several years in the island's harbor before moving into a home there. Buy Photo

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