Section of the Des Barres Map of 1781

From the Admiralty, in London

The Cranberry Isles

Map, quotations, and comments courtesy of Charles Liebow.

  1. I "anchored with the small anchor in 3 fathoms water in Manchester's Cove Cranberry Island; the extreme points of the cove W by N and E 1/2 S; the entrance of Mount Desert River (Somes Sound) NNW 1/2 W.  I went on shore here and bought of John Manchester a quantity of potatoes, turnips, cabbages, and carrots for my people."
    --Capt. William Owen, 28 Oct 1770.

  2. Perhaps the residence of Andrew Herrick who "hath situated himself upon the outermost shore of said Cranberry Island with a profest design of trading with the enemy of which said harbour is never entirely deserted."
    --Complaint of John Robinson to State of Massachussetts, 19 Nov 1777.

  3. Isaac Bunker house, later Sands Stanley.  To enter The Pool, "Coming in, stand over for Isaac Bunker's house, range down close to the larboard shore or Fish-House Point, stand over for the Western shore till you open the marsh, then haul up till you form the forementioned anchoring bearings."
    --Capt. William Owen, 21 Nov 1770.

  4. Occupied by John Standley (Stanley) after 1770.

  5. Perhaps the property of Job Stanwood who sold out in 1774, "bounding on the western side by land occupied by "Judah Dyer".....accomplishing 3/5ths of the said island."  I believe the name is a misnomer for Jona Bunker.

  6. Significance of this marker is unknown.

  7. Perhaps John Bunker, who was "with a numerous family, on Little Cranberry Island."

  8. Perhaps William Gilley, married to John Bunker's daughter Eunice, on Cranberry in 1777 when the Scarborough, Capt. Mowat commanding, lay in the harbor.

  9. Perhaps one of John Standley's sons.

  10. Capt. William Owen calls this "Old Bunkers Head" from the ranges he gives in his narrative.  The house is clearly marked on the Des Barres Map.  Perhaps Benjamin Bunker's Homestead?  Later probably Johnathan Rich, reported on Cranberry as early as 1767.  This point of land then was called Riche's Head.

  11. Notes in the margin of this 1781 map in the Admiralty in London indicate the presence of Benjamin Spurling on Spurling Point, Cranberry Island.


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