Second Thursday at the Apprenticeshop: The Maine lobster boat

By The Apprenticeshop | Nov 03, 2011

ROCKLAND -- In the 1700-1800s, Mainers lobstered from whatever kind of boat they had that would float.

Early vessels included the dory, with its high-sides and flat bottom, which was inexpensive to build; the peapod, a double-ended, round-sided skiff which could easily be rowed both forward and backward; and the Friendship sloop, which was easy to manage alone and had great storage capacity for the catch.  However, with the invention of the gas-powered engine, the models and designs of lobster boats rapidly evolved. Soon fishermen were able to venture farther off-shore and stay longer at sea.

The evolution of the lobster boat is the topic of the next Second Thursday at The Apprenticeshop event. At 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Jon Johansen, editor of Maine Coastal News and The Maine Lobster Boat Racing Newsletter, will talk about this evolution and the many boat builders and designers who have contributed to what is now an icon of the Maine coast.

As always, there will be a tour of the shop after the talk to check on the progress of the apprentices’ current projects, which include a 12’ Barnegat Bay duck boat, a replica of a 15’ Maine Light Station peapod, the restoration of a 21’ Alden Indian-class sloop, a 17’ work skiff designed by Mark Fitzgerald and 2 Susan skiffs.

Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop is sponsored by Eastern Tire and Auto Service.

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