Lobster Trap and Buoy, Islesboro, ca. 1980

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Lobster Trap and Buoy, Islesboro, ca. 1980

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Lobster traps such as this were used on Islesboro for decades. It is made of wood, and has two compartments, a "kitchen" and a "parlor." The lobster crawls into the kitchen, attracted by bait, and then passes into the parlor, where it is trapped by a net. The trap is weighted at the bottom by bricks.

Lobster men on Islesboro used to construct their own wooden lobster traps, and used nets made on the island to secure the lobsters. Today, they buy metal traps.

The buoy shown is from the 1940s.

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  • Title: Lobster Trap and Buoy, Islesboro, ca. 1980
  • Creator: Richard Rossiter
  • Creation Date: circa 1980
  • Subject Date: circa 1980
  • Location: Islesboro, Waldo County, ME
  • Media: Wood, cotton twine, bricks, metal
  • Dimensions: 39 cm x 90 cm x 59 cm
  • Local Code: 1995.015
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Islesboro Historical Society
PO Box 301, 388 Main Road, Islesboro, ME 04848
(207) 734-6733

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