Bachelder, Peter ( - )

Genre: Non-Fiction

Native Mainer Peter Dow Bachelder grew up on the Maine coast and lives in Ellsworth, ME. He graduated from the University of Maine (Orono), worked for a time for the U.S. Weather Bureau, then spent 30 years as Director of Information Services for the Maine Publicity Bureau. For several years he wrote a column about shipwrecks and lighthouses for the Portland Evening Express. He has written or co-written several books about Maine lighthouses, the Maine coast and related subjects.


  • Lighthouses of Casco Bay (1975)
  • Lighthouses and Lightships of Casco Bay (1995)
  • Shipwrecks and Maritime Disasters of the Maine Coast (1997)
  • The Great Steel Pier: an Illustrated History of the Old Orchard Beach Pier (1998)
  • Four Short Blasts : The Gale Of 1898 And The Loss Of The Steamer Portland with Mason Philip Smith (1998)
  • Steam To The Summit : The Green Mountain Railway Bar Harbor's Remarkable Cog Railroad (2005)

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