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    Fort Gorges, a Portland Harbor landmark seen last week with Portland in the distance.

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    A Portland Paddle tour group takes in the view from the top of Fort Gorges last week. Portland Paddle is one of the business that lead tours at the fort, sometimes having multiple trips on summer days.

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    Mary Charlesworth takes a photo from the top of Fort Gorges during a tour led by Friends of Fort Gorges on Friday. One of the future plans of the nonprofit is to build a walkway over the entire top of the fort.

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    Paul Drinan, executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges, far right, leads a tour at Fort Gorges on Friday. The Friends of Fort Gorges is a nonprofit that has plans for preservation and sustainable development of the historic public park.

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    Three visitors walk into the center of Fort Gorges on Friday. The Friends of Fort Gorges plans preservation and sustainable development of the historic public park, including a renovation of the wharf so that boats can pull up and let off passengers with more ease.

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    Visitors stand on top of the fort, looking out on the Portland skyline Friday.

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    An airbrushed rendering of Fort Gorges appears above an old fireplace in one of the rooms in the fort.

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    Paul Drinan, executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges, right, takes, from left, Kathleen Doten, Julie Finn and Mary Charlesworth on a tour of Fort Gorges on Friday. All three women have lived in the area for decades but had never made it out to the fort before the tour.

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    A curved staircase in the officer's quarters, one of the only original architectural features left at Fort Gorges. The officer's quarters remains locked to preserve its state.

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    A passing lobster boat appears through the frame of the front gate at Fort Gorges on Friday.

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    Paul Drinan, executive director of Friends of Fort Gorges, talks with a tour guide on his phone in the center of Fort Gorges on Friday. The Friends of Fort Gorges is a nonprofit that has plans for preservation and sustainable development of the historic public park.

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    A sailboat is seen through one of the openings where Fort Gorges' cannons were.

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