Vinalhaven's Carver's Harbor is frozen solid. Six sloop boats ( Friendship sloops) are locked in the ice along with a couple of the new power lobsterboats. The sloop boat in the foreground has a lobster trap hauler so it has an auxiliary engine. In the background is the lighthouse tender Zizania which brought a small amount of supplies to the island which had been icebound for a week or more.
In the 1950s there was a very large herring fish weir in Searsport, Maine, as shown on this aerial photograph. Fish swam along the shore, ran into the leader, then swam around in circles inside the pound. Fishermen often caught the fish using a seine net inside the weir. Similar weirs were found in towns like Rockport and on the islands in the Muscle Ridge group. These weirs supplied canneries in Belfast and Rockland.
This chart, dating to the mid 19th century, shows some of the popular fishing banks in the upper Gulf of Maine and off the coast of Maine, including Jeffrey's Ledge, Jeffrey's Bank, and Cashes' Ledge. The lighthouses and their ranges are clearly marked.
The John Carver was a bark built at the Carver yard in 1841, well before Waldo Pierce was born. Until 1870 she was Searsport owned then sold to New Bedford as a whaler. This painting does give the artist's impression of what the Searsport shore looked like, and shows the cords of wood in the foreground needed to heat houses in winter.
Like many ship portrait painters, Belfast's Percy Sanborn took commissions for signs and other decorative work. This sign was painted for the Belfast National Bank, established in 1879. It is signed by Sanborn, as are his paintings. Oil on board.