Portland Harbor to host four cruise ships this week

Four cruise ships carrying nearly 7,000 passengers are due in Portland this week.

On Sunday, the Jewel of the Seas spent the day with 2,112 passengers before heading on to Bar Harbor.

The Carnival Glory, with more than 2,700 passengers, will call Wednesday en route to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

On Friday, the Independence arrives carrying about 100 passengers. And on Saturday, the Enchantment of the Seas will visit the port carrying 1,950 passengers. The Royal Caribbean International ship also will visit Bar Harbor.


Maine hotel owner adds to Bar Harbor properties

A Maine hotel owner is adding to his property list in Bar Harbor.

David Witham, who bought four other local lodging properties in 2008 and 2009, recently became the owner of the Rockhurst Motel. Earlier this year, he bought the Villager Motel.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Witham’s acquisition of the Rockhurst Motel follows the recent purchase of the adjacent Ledgelawn Inn by rival Thomas Walsh of Ocean Properties Ltd.

Witham now has ownership stakes in nine lodging properties in Bar Harbor and a total of 13 in Hancock County.


New Hampshire defeats Maine in chess match

New Hampshire defeated Maine over the weekend in a “Border Battle Cup” chess match among 20 top players, the first competition the two states have had since 1977.

The Portsmouth Herald reported that 60-year-old Henry “Hal” Therrie of Manchester captained the New Hampshire team to its 1977 victory. He represented the state as one of its 10 best players. He says it’s a fun event and he hopes it can be held annually.

The event was sponsored by the Maine Chess and New Hampshire Chess associations and was held at the Portsmouth Public Library.


Drowned fishermen’s families dispute report

A lawyer for the families of two men who died when their fishing vessel sank off Gloucester, Mass., in 2009 says relatives are not satisfied with the findings of a U.S Coast Guard probe.

The Coast Guard said Friday that its Marine Casualty Investigation found the Patriot capsized suddenly, killing captain Matteo Russo and his father-in-law, John Orlando.

Stephen Ouellette, the lawyer representing the families, said Saturday that the report is not conclusive. He says he is continuing to examine evidence of damage to the vessel that suggests an extreme force such as a collision.