Downeast Charter Boat Tours     

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                        'more than a whale watch'
                         Lubec, Maine 207-733-2009      

    Capt. Ralph and Matie Carol welcome you aboard the Lorna Doone, a 25' Northern Bay lobster yacht, located on Johnson Bay -- a bay filled with commercial fishing boats, bringing in catches as diverse as lobster, scallop and urchin. Come explore the Cobscook, Fundy and  Passamaquoddy Bay in comfort!

      While visiting Lubec, stay at our Downeast Vacation Rental (, within walking distance of the harbor and shops. Check out our Old Sow whirlpool / Whale Watch package. Package includes one whale watch tour, 2 nights and 3 days for $450

Old Sow Whirlpool

Ride the 'OLD SOW' Whirlpool with Capt. Ralph
The largest Whirlpool in the Northern Hempisphere

    The "OLD SOW" Whirlpool is the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, located off the southwestern shore of Deer Island, New Brunswick & Moose Island, Eastport, Maine.

     Local lore says the "Old Sow' was named for the 'piglike' sounds coming from the whirlpool. And, for good luck, be sure to count the numerous 'piglets' churning alongside the "Old Sow!'

       The Lubec area is blessed with a wealth of lighthouses, best seen and appreciated by sea. Whales spend their summer feeding just off shore, seals swim in the channel known as the Narrows between Lubec and Campobello Island, and eagles soar majestically overhead in the clear, salt-tinged air -- a photographer's and painter's paradise.

  • Whale Watching
  • Lighthouses by Sea
  • "OLD SOW" Whirlpool
  • Nature Photography
  • History & Folk Lore
  • Porpoise
  • Seals
  • Eagles
  • Private Charters
Lubec, Maine

    Marvel at the massive tides of twenty to twenty-five feet rush through the Narrows and surrounding bays.

    Ride on the 'Old Sow' whirlpool with Capt. Ralph -- the largest natural whirlpool in the western hemisphere & one of five signiciant whirlpools worldwide. Situated just west of Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada and northeast of Eastport, Maine, in the Western Passage of Passamaquoddy Bay, the OLD SOW forms in a huge area of facinating tidal turbulance. The OLD SOW and her 'piglets' wander around a bit when active, veiwed best on flood tide, just west and north of the southern tip of Deer Island, NB, Canada. During ebb tide, or outgoing tide, the OLD SOW can be seen further south and is less active. During high spring tides with strong winds, a larger funnel can be seen.

    Indulge your passion for the unexpected! Tour the unmatched beauty of our craggy, rockbound coastline and sea teaming with wildlife as diverse as eagles, osprey, whales (finback, minke, humpback and Northern Right), seals, and porpoise.

    Don't forget -- bring sunscreen, hat, warm clothing (even on a warm day, the sea air can be cooler), binoculars... Pack a camera, sunscreen, binoculars and video equipment. All weather decisions will be made the morning or afternoon of your scheduled charter. If the captain feels the weather conditions are unsafe, then we will gladly reschedule your trip.

Reserve your seat on the Lorna Doone today!  

Contact Capt. Ralph & Matie Carol 

Downeast Charter Boat Tours     Reservations: 207-733-2009  

31 Johnson Street    Lubec, Maine 04652


Schedule: Each tour is based on the tides and runs at a different time each day.

Tour duration: approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Adults: $80

12 & Under: $55

Boat Minimum: $350

Private Tour: $450 (Maximum: 6 passengers)

A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation. Balance due the day of departure.

Refunds given if Captain cancels for weather.

Call for times, availability and reservations: 207-733-2009