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Penobscot Bay

Penobscot Bay, inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, 35 mi (56 km) long and 27 mi (43 km) wide, S Maine. The bay was entered by the English explorer Martin Pring in 1603 the French explorer Samuel de Champlain claimed the area for France in 1604. An important shipbuilding center in the 19th cent., the bay has become a fishing and resort center.

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