Long ago, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize their fields. In colonial times, lobsters were considered "poverty food." They were served to prisoners and to indentured servants, who exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. Some of the servants finally rebelled. They had it put into their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.
Until the early 1800s, lobstering was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline. Lobstering as a trap fishery came into existence in Maine around 1850. Today Maine is the largest lobster-producing state in the nation.
So how many lobsters are you going to eat during your visit to Southwest Harbor?
Want to learn more about commercial lobster fishing? Join us aboard the M/V Hurricane for a 2-hour cruise out of Southwest Harbor where we haul our lobster traps. The Hurricane is a traditional 50' Downeast wooden boat, built right here in Southwest Harbor in 1967. She is USCG Inspected and Certified to carry passengers.
We depart daily at 10:00 AM from the Upper Town Dock off Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor. We return to Beal's Lobster Pound where you can watch the commercial fisherman unloading their catch. You can also enjoy eating a lobster and other fresh seafood at Beal's. Be sure to visit the Oceanarium, next door, where you can learn more about the biology of the American Lobster.
Private charter ~ $150/hr. plus fuel