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Why is Maine called β€œDown East”? It seems to me that it should be β€œUp East.”
Coastal schooners laden with goods for Portland and other Maine ports would leave Massachusetts keeping their compass headings generally east or northeast, hoping that the prevailing wind from the westerly quadrants would stay behind them. Hence, they sailed downwind in an easterly direction.