Like most folks’ personal trajectories, mine arcs through unlikely sequences, unpredictable turns. Before moving here, I lived in coastal northeast Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire for 15 years. I might be biased, but modern lobsterboats, I still think, are beauties. The sixth boro needs a dozen lobsterboats to enhance the diversity of vessels working here; of course, I don’t know what work they would do.
Here are some fotos taken very recently in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
Gloucester (Choice made with Peter Mello in mind),
Seabrook again and
I just love them. Some background links here on two places synonymous with wooden square-sterned lobsterboat construction: Beals Island once and Beals Island again. A good although slightly dated book is Mike Brown’s The Great Lobster Chase.
Some interesting short videos from GoodMorningGloucester follow: lobsterman venting about snapping two wooden davits in three days and talking about his new steel replacement.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
One more link: check out Gloucester’s answer to the Rockerfeller Center Christmas tree, a NYC tradition begun by construction workers back in 1931.