Ship Cove, Portland, Maine

Site Depths: Shore –

Site Overview:

Ship Cove is located within Fort Williams Park next to the iconic Portland Headlight.  The cove is bracketed by Battery Keyes on the left and Battery Hobart on the right. The site offers a variety of sea life throughout the year including sea stars, hermit crabs, rock crabs, and sculpin.

Beach entry is moderately tricky due to loose rock. It’s easiest to enter towards the right of the beach as the slope is a bit more gradual. Because of the loose rock, entry is easiest at high tide.  However, with a little bit of patience, it is very doable during low tide.

Once in the water, there a two dives paths to choose from: head to the right of the cove and you’ll find a ledge featuring crevices for critters to hide in. This side tends provide a bit more protection from the surf.  Head to the left of the cove and dive along the rocky shoreline under Battery Keyes.  You’re apt to find lots of sea stars hugging the rocks, but you may have to deal with a stronger surf as you round the corner to the bay.

Site Specifics:

Fort Williams Park is owned and managed by the town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine  It is open sunset to sunrise.  There is no admission fee.

Parking by the beach is ample throughout the year, as most Fort Williams visitors tend to peel off to the right for the lighthouse.  Parking for the beach area is to the left before you get to the light house.  Picnic tables prior to beach entry can be used for gear set-up.  Porta potties are located adjacent to the beach parking lot.


The park is open sunrise to sunset.  Since this is not a state park, no dive flag is required.



Fort Williams Park
1000 Shore Rd
Cape Elizabeth, ME  04107

AA 6/16/18