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Historical Items

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Item 31083

Fishing Net with attached cork floats, ca. 1945

Contributed by: Scarborough Historical Society & Museum Date: circa 1945 Location: Scarborough Media: Netting,cork

Item 68456

Early fishing schooner, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Swan's Island Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Swan's Island Media: Photographic print

Item 100440

Boats at Norcross Wharf, Norcross, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Norcross Heritage Trust Date: circa 1915 Location: Indian Purchase Township No. 3 Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 86862

Fish House and Boat Shop, Portland Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Portland Pier Use: Fish House and Boat Shop

Item 37310

158 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: James H McDonald Use: Store & Storage

Online Exhibits

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Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin

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.


Umbazooksus & Beyond

Visitors to the Maine woods in the early twentieth century often recorded their adventures in private diaries or journals and in photographs. Their remembrances of canoeing, camping, hunting and fishing helped equate Maine with wilderness.


A Town Is Born: South Bristol, 1915

After being part of the town of Bristol for nearly 150 years, residents of South Bristol determined that their interests would be better served by becoming a separate town and they broke away from the large community of Bristol.

Site Pages

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Lobstering

Boat engines and fishing equipment also changed. Fishing for tuna with a harpoon, Swan's Island, ca.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders at Work

Seine fishing (hand line fishing) was one form of fishing used by island fishermen. These fishermen were mostly fishing for herring.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - II. Pinkies, wherries, skiffs and chebaccos: Early Settlement

By 1810, the chebacco boats were being replaced by fishing vessels known as "jiggers" and "pinkies." In time, mackerel became profitable, and Swan’s…

Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: The Maine Shipyard

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students a close-up look at historical operations behind Maine's famed shipbuilding and shipping industries. Students will examine primary sources including letters, bills of lading, images, and objects, and draw informed hypotheses about the evolution of the seafaring industry and its impact on Maine’s communities over time.