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Fort Gorges

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Great history!

We went by this fort while on a harbor cruise and heard about it's history. What a story to hear... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Salisbury, North Carolina
Interested facts regarding USA military

This is an interesting military fort...Fort Gorges, former military fort built (1858 to 1864) on... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Houston, Texas
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Abandoned fort on an island in Portland Harbor; visitors should use caution when exploring its grounds.
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“casco bay” (8 reviews)
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Portland, ME
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We went by this fort while on a harbor cruise and heard about it's history. What a story to hear. Long time building. We did not have time to make our way out to the fort for a flashlight tour.

Thank Slick5276
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is an interesting military fort...Fort Gorges, former military fort built (1858 to 1864) on Hog Island Ledge, Casco Bay, ME.

1  Thank ffontenet2013
Reviewed 18 October 2017

More than a pretty view. Historic island and fortress in the Portland Harbor. Clear view of the island is avail@ble from visiting cruise ships.

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Cool fort. Closed inside for renovations. Awesome to see by boat or long lens. Don't miss this hidden gem.

Thank Laura N
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Fort Gorges is the perfect example of governmental waste. It took 54 years to build it and by then, the cannon purchased for the fort were out of date. They were fired once, and the fort was never manned. Today it is covered in foliage...much...More

Thank Dajo43
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We visited by private boat and enjoyed an hour walking around the small island. Kids need to watched as this fort is not maintained. A good place to sit and watch the boat traffic; especially, the schooner. It can also be seen from the ferry...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We visited via kayak on a Friday just before sunset, and there wasn't anyone else there except for us! Such a cool place to romp around and see a unique set of views, but not too far from the mainland.

Thank linseaweed
Reviewed 23 May 2017

If you're looking for a quick (1-2 hour) excursion on Portland's Casco Bay, consider hiring a water taxi to take you to the often overlooked Fort Gorges. Located in the center of Portland harbor, it provides unparalled views of Casco Bay. Given the big deal...More

Thank orizu
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Enjoyably, Fort Gorges can be seen from many points of interest along the coasts of Portland and South Portland. Don't bother looking for it on a foggy day; we were unable to visit it during the morning as it was swallowed by fog. Definitely enjoyed...More

Thank Kristen F
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Hands down the best part of this tour was the ability to tour it yourself. Once dropped off by a small motor boat, we were given flashlights by our tour guide and told to go ahead and tour the facility as we wished. Couple of...More

1  Thank Anthony R
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