At 88 years old, Paul Bryant ’61, owner of Riverside Boat Co., has been Newcastle’s harbormaster since 1971 and Damariscotta’s harbormaster since the 80s. (Nate Poole photo)

Newcastle’s Tireless Boat Doctor

by Nate Poole for The Lincoln County News

Paul Bryant’s shipyard is full of machines and vessels from another era. Bryant, at nearly 88 years, is one of the oldest of the bunch. And yet, somehow, he and his 1960s Ford engines continue to work like a charm.

“I’m gonna work till I drop. That’s my plan.” Bryant said.

It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday, and while Bryant has been working all day, he’s pacing from one vessel to another with enthusiasm, climbing 10 feet up a ladder to give a visitor a tour of his sailboat, grinning all the while. Read more here…

Originally published July 12, 2021 in The Lincoln County News. Click on the link above to read the full article.