Atlantic Halibut

Atlantic halibut. These fish could weigh hundreds of pounds.

Drawing provided courtesy of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Recreational Fisheries program and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Fish Flakes, Friendship

Fish flakes in Friendship, Maine. After processing, cod were salted and dried on fish flakes or drying racks. These racks were a common feature in Maine fishing towns. Once dry, the fish was packaged for shipment. Dried salted cod could keep for well over a year.

These flakes are near the water's edge. There is a lobster car (float with compartments to hold live lobsters) pulled up on shore next to it as well as a small boat pulled up on a ramp. Like most coastal towns in the late 19th century most of the tree cover had long since been cut down.

The Codfish

Illustration of the Atlantic Cod from G. Brown Goode's The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States, 1887, Section I, Plates volume, plate 58A.


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