Work

Harlan Hurd taking Herring in Rockport Weir

In the 1940s there was a herring weir in Rockport Harbor, here worked by Harlan Hurd. After a seine net is set and pursed inside the weir, the fish are dipped from the seine into a herring carrier, a sizable power boat that carried herring to a cannery and usually were cannery-owned. The late 1940s saw the height of the canning industry with the largest amounts ever packed. Just after this photo was taken herring carriers started to use fish pumps which could pump herring out of a weir or seine and into the hold of the carrier, saving hours of work.

Granite Carving, Vinalhaven

Granite was king on Penoboscot Bay islands in the last quarter of the 1800s. After granite was quarried, it was often carved with decorations or carved into statues such as eagles. The work attracted skilled stone cutters from Italy and other European nations to carve figures in the granite for public buildings and churches.

Five-Masted Schooner Harwood Palmer under Construction

The five-masted schooner Harwood Palmer is under construction in this photograph. Here the frames are all up and planking is beginning. Note the iron straps that hold the frames together and strengthen the hull. In the foreground, on the right, there are five masts being shaped. The schooner was built in Waldoboro, Maine in 1904. Schooners like this primarily carried coal from from Virginia to northern cities.

Demonstration of Shipbuilding: Working with an Auger

Using an auger to drill a hole for a treenail, a large wood pin used as a fastening.

Crew Hoisting up Sail on the Bark Carrie Winslow

In changing sails, the new sail has to be hoisted up the mast. This view shows the crew pulling together to hoist the sail, so it can be "bent on" or attached to the yard. The photograph was taken by the captain's daughter aboard the bark Carrie Winslow.

Crew Bending on Topsail on the Bark Carrie Winslow

Ships often changed sails so that they used older sails where there were light winds (near the equator) and newer, stronger sails where there were typically heavy winds. The crew is "bending on" or putting on a new sail. The photograph was taken by the captain's daughter aboard the bark Carrie Winslow.

Carpenter and Mate aboard Ship

The carpenter and a mate aboard ship. The carpenter on a larger ship did not stand watch but helped with the operation of the ship when called upon to do so. Here he is holding a plane. The mate was in charge of the men in one watch, one mate for each watch.

Cargo Hook

Cargo hook for lifting certain materials.

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