History

Kent Island History

Kent Island has a rich history. For centuries it was used by indigenous groups to hunt seals. The first European to settle the island was John Kent in the late 1700s. Keith Ingersoll's book, Wings over the Sea, details the founding of the Bowdoin Scientific Station in 1934, while Frank Graham's Natural History article (available on this site) gives an abridged version. Perhaps the most personal history comes from correspondence between the Bowdoin Scientific Station's first caretaker, Ernest Joy and Bob Cunningham, who began his studies in meteorology at Kent Island as a teenager in the late 1930s. Some of those letters are available on this site; the full set, in Ernest's hand, are available through the Grand Manan Museum.