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Young's Lobster Pound, Belfast, ca. 1930

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum

In the 1930s, tourists traveling up Route 1 through Waldo County could buy fresh seafood at lobster pounds in Lincolnville Beach, Belfast, and Searsport. All were informal take-out places with outdoor picnic tables.

In Belfast, Bud and Belle Young opened Young's Lobster Pound as an extension of the family's fishing business. They sold steamed lobsters and clams from a small retail building next to their house in East Belfast.

The Youngs' business did well and, with Perry's Nut House, became a Belfast attraction.

In Searsport the popular Parker's Lobster Pound, "where thousands eat lobsters," had an outdoor cooker built of stones from the beach and a large picnic ground. In the early 1950s it was replaced by Kobs Lobster Pound, which bought lobsters from the Youngs.

In 1959 Bud Young built a wharf on the east side of Belfast Bay for his fishing business. He kept it going while the chicken plants were fouling the bay, bringing in clams from Thomaston.

Young's opened a new restaurant by the wharf in 1980, then expanded it with a second floor and stone patio along the water. It lured customers with shore dinners, an aquarium with a capacity of 30,000 lobsters from which diners could choose their own meals, and seating that could accommodate 500 diners.

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  • Title: Young's Lobster Pound, Belfast, ca. 1930
  • Creation Date: circa 1930
  • Subject Date: circa 1930
  • Town: Belfast
  • County: Waldo
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass plate negative
  • Dimensions (cm): 12.75 x 17.75
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.100249
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Penobscot Marine Museum
PO Box 498, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-2529

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