Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, the Searsport Historical Society will be exhibiting part of two collections belonging to Gordon Stanley of Searsport.

The first collection will be sailor ‘Rope Work’ made by sailors during their down time on board ship. Some of this work is very intricate, as they made many utilitarian products, but also objects for wives and sweethearts back home.

The second collection will be mackerel plows. A mackerel plow was a knife used in the gutting of the fish. They can have carved handles of wood, bone, ivory, etc. This collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world.

These two collections have been displayed at the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Bath Maritime Museum. We are very grateful that Mr. Stanley has agreed to share them with us.

The hours of the exhibit are Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to stop by the Crary/Carlon/Coleman House, headquarters of the Searsport Historical Society on the Sears Island Road in Searsport to view this wonderful and one-of-a-kind collection.