See Long Hidden Historic Photos of the Gritty, Compelling Lives of Tough Maine Fishermen

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine recently finished preserving, scanning and cataloging National Fisherman magazine’s massive photographic archive. The images previously were stuffed into filing cabinets at the publication’s Portland office for decades. Now, every image is online, in a searchable database, for the whole world to see for free.

“The broad ranging archive reveals the compelling, gritty world of commercial fishing. The collection of prints and negatives originally accompanied stories and advertisements. They show emerging technology, as well as everyday fisherfolk hauling nets, processing the catch, repairing trawlers, building boats and setting Coast Guard buoys.”

You can read more and see a few of the photographs in an article by Troy R. Bennett in the Bangor Daily News at More information about the collection of photographs may be found on the Penobscot Marine Museum’s web site at:

The collection of photographs may be found by starting at:

One Comment

Thank you, Dick. I live on the seacoast, no longer in the US (NH). I buy fresh fish every week from a lovely young man who stands, swathed in oilskins, filleting fish from 9:30 to 2:00 every Thursday in our town. He also answers patiently my dumb fish questions–many of which are repeats as my memory is declining. Haddock, cod, ling, John Dory and mussels, all fresh off the boat, cost about $5.00 a pound. Needless to say, we now eat a lot of fish.
But living so close to the sea makes us very aware of the storms and many other dangers fishermen face to feed us.
I’m going to write down the URL for this collection. I’m sure my Fish Guy and his brother will appreciate looking at their colleagues across the sea.


Leave a Reply

Name and email address are required. Your email address will not be published.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: