Trawl tub with line and two trawl anchors. When the line is stowed properly, the hooks hang over the top edge of the tub, so that they do not get entangled with the line. Trawl line is tarred cotton line, often about 1/4" in diameter. Gangings, or leaders, are spaced every fathom, each with a hook at the end. Tubs were often made from barrels cut in half.
Sardine fishing and canning was a major Maine waterfront industry from the 1870s to the 1970s. It began in Eastport in Washington County and spread down the coast. There were factories in Eastport that made sardine cans and labels. Eating sardines has gone out of fashion in the American market and supply has become limited. Now, there is only one operating sardine canning plant in the state. A hundred years ago, there were at least thirty different canneries up and down the coast.
This reconstruction of George Waymouth's "Lighthorseman" pulling boat was built by the Atlantic Challenge Apprenticeshop to help researchers better understand where Waymouth had gone on his 1605 excursion from Allen Island. Some say he went up the St. George River, and others say he made it to the mouth of the Penobscot River.
Godspeed is a reconstruction of the one of the three vessels that brought settlers to the Jamestown Colony in 1607. This ship was completed in 2006 by Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine. Here she is at dock during sea trials. Judging from the crew size, she was similar in size to George Waymouth's Archangel.
This image of a beaver hat was provided by the web site, "White Oak Society" and their White Oak Learning Centre & White Oak Fur Post in Deer River, MN. This is a living history organization dedicated to the study of the fur trade era. Their site is www.whiteoak.org. To see more on beaver hats, click on "On-Line Learning" and then on The Beaver Hat, most of the way down the page.
Penobscot/Abenaki ocean canoe. Built for the Penobscot Marine Museum with funds from an NEH Grant by Abenaki Aaron York and his assistants Hugga Dana and Gwenhuwhet Dana of the Penobscot Nation, summer 2006. Paddled by Hugga Dana on day of launch.