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Waterfront, Portland, ca. 1890

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Title: Waterfront, Portland, ca. 1890
Contributor: Maine Historical Society

The state of Maine's largest port is Portland. Portland has proximity to some of the best fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Many settlers in the 1800's turned to fishing for their livelihood. Fishing in Portland changed over the next couple of centuries.

There are different kinds of fish in the bay than in the ocean. This has led to the development of different methods of catching fish. Examples of saltwater fish are pollack, herring, haddock, mackeral, cod, and flounder. Fishing methods have changed from winchheads to 14-inch hydroslave hoists. Fishing boats have improved from wood and metal to fiberglass which lasts longer. Also engines have changed from gasoline to diesel fuel.


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