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Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Photograph on cardboard mat
Contributed by: Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society
Media: 35mm phototransparency of original photograph
Herring and sardines, small herring, were once an important part of the Maine economy. Smoked or salted herring provided an important food source before refrigeration and sardine canning was equally prominent along the Maine coast.
By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.
A history of the easternmost town in Maine as created by the Lubec Historical Society, Lubec Consolidated School, Lubec Landmarks, and Lubec Memorial Library. Exhibits include the sardine and herring industries, the Sardine Queen, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the 1911 Centennial Celebration, the S. S. Cumberland Steamer, the gold hoax, an important community quilt, a tragic boating accident, and the blizzard of 1934, among others.