I dedicate this website to the memory of my dear mother Doris Harmon, seen here in one of her high school pictures.  I expect to see her again.


To my sweet wife Gloria who is a great source of joy to me every day.

The Breeches Buoy (How To Be Saved)

Tucked in some corner of the Penobscot Marine Museum is a small canon.  I have often asked both children and adults if they knew for what it was used.  Few did.  I would say, "this is a gun that saves lives" and then proceed to explain how it was used to send a life line to a foundering ship to which a seat on a pulley could be attached, once made fast, to haul people, one at a time, from ship to shore.  The seat resembled a pair of short pants hence the term Breeches Buoy.

Each of us is in a more precarious place and in danger of losing not only physical life but our eternal soul.  There is a way to safety and it is through God's provision of His Son Jesus as our Savior. 

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

If you recognize the need in your life and would like further help in receiving God's gift of salvation, please fill out the form on the 'Contact Us' page.

The East Quoddy Head Lighthouse is located on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada which is just across the Narrows from Lubec.  The Light is actually to be found near Wilson's Beach at the north end of the Island but in the Eastern part of Passamaquoddy Bay.  This is to be distinguished from the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse which is located in South Lubec but at the Western part of Passamaquoddy Bay.  Got it?

My personal testimony, published in tract form in May, 2010.


Lubec to Searsport


There are four lighthouses in or near where I was born in Lubec in 1930 – The West Quoddy Head Light (the one with the large red and white stripes) is on the most easterly point of land in the U.S. and is located in South Lubec. Part of this conundrum is cleared up when one understands that there is an East Quoddy Head Light on Campobello. It has a large red cross as its distinctive marker.

My grandfather was stationed nearby in Carrying Place Cove as a member of the U.S. Life Saving Service (the forerunner of the Coast Guard). He told me stories of people being rescued from a wreck on Sail Rock by using a Breeches Buoy. This high rock just off shore from the Light was one of the coastal dangers to ships coming around the headland into Quoddy Bay.

A line is shot from a small canon across from the main land into the ship’s rigging to which a heavier line is attached, hauled across and made fast on both ends. A seat resembling a pair of short pants was suspended on a pulley attached to the rope and a person in the seat was pulled to safety by the lighter line.

As a fourteen year old boy I realized while attending the Lubec Ridge Baptist Church that I was a sinner, wrecked on the rocks of life. A friend shared the good news with me that Christ, God’s Son died on the cross for my sins and one late summer day on Porcupine Mountain near my home, he led me to pray the sinner’s prayer which resulted in my being born again on the spot. My life was dramatically changed. Christ was my Breeches Buoy.

I praise God that I had the privilege of serving Him as a pastor of Evangel Baptist Church in Bucksport for forty years. Now I live in retirement in Searsport. I love the old stories of the sailing days here in Maine. This was the home of a great many sea captains and the Penobscot Marine Museum here is the place to go to learn about them. It has a small canon that was used to shoot a lifeline across the dark waves.

Most important of all, there is a lighthouse, the Lighthouse Bible Church where the same good news is preached by my pastor. My greatest joy these days is to throw out a lifeline to people who need the salvation Christ alone can give. If I can be of any help to you, dear friend, please call me at 548-6222 or visit my website: oldmainepastor.com.

The Bible says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts16:31). Why not pray this simple prayer as I did, "Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and I want to be saved and know I will go to heaven when I die. Please come into my heart right now, amen." Now seek help from someone who can teach you from the Bible the basis and importance of this step. C.M.