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28May
15

Island Institute Article

Please visit the Island Institute's website to see the full article on the Islesford Historical Museum, written by Laurie Schrieber. An excerpt appears below:

Island museum celebrates Islesford's lobster fishing heritage.

ISLESFORD—When Leeman Gilley Ham, a lifelong lobster fisherman and well-loved resident of Islesford, died in 2012 at age 99, the island's entire fleet held a flotilla procession in his memory.

Katrina Winfield-Howard, a summer resident, recently recalled how moved she was to hear about the ceremony. Adam Olearcek, Ham's great-grandson, was on his vessel Leeway. He called out, "Stand by for final call. Helen H, Helen H: Grampy, we know you're setting a string across the Big Dipper."

Such moments, said Winfield-Howard, illustrate the great love and respect residents of this small island community have for each other. Lobster fishing is central to the community's life, so when the opportunity arose to install a new exhibit at the Islesford Historical Museum, a group came together to gather images, artifacts and tales that would honor the culture and heritage of the fleet through the decades. "Boats & Buoys: Lobstering on Little Cranberry Island," opening June 21 with a reception from 5-7 p.m., is designed to provide insights into the trade's challenging work and many rewards and to explore how a community of creative and independent fishermen and women works together for the good of the industry and community.

14May
15

Progress

  • Heading out of Northeast Harbor. Bear, Suttons, and Great Cranberry Islands are to the left and ahead. In 30 minutes we’ll be unloading on Little Cranberry Island hidden from view behind Suttons Island.
  • Looking back at Northeast Harbor and Mount Desert Island. The little Kubota tractor is on the barge along with our pickup truck, but will be delivered to Great Cranberry Island.
  • Ready to disembark at Islesford. Now the work begins!
  • Found a volunteer happy to help us unload! Check out that lush, green, spring grass. That is the Blue Duck in the background. It is one of Acadia National Park’s buildings. In its heyday, the Blue Duck was a busy store filled with provisions for ships and residents.
  • Unloaded and ready to begin building on Monday. Our crew today included Fred Rea (l), Mida Ballard, exhibit fabricator (m), and Rosamond Rea (r) Photo by our new friend and helper, J.C.

Today the first load of materials that will be used to construct the Boats & Buoys exhibit went out to Islesford on Beal and Bunker’s barge. It was a spectacular day; the sea was calm, the sky was clear, and temperature was in the upper 50s. The last patches of snow on the peaks of Mount Desert Island visible from the water disappeared a few days ago.

05May
15

Snow

If you look closely you can see that there is still snow on the mountains of Mount Desert Island!

02May
15

Wind Song

Wind Song - Islesford, Maine

27Aug
14

Emma Marie

These are stills from a video that will be part of the Boats & Buoys Exhibition. Please check back for more information.

11Jan
14

TEST Video post: "Lobstar coming into Islesford"

Please note that this is a test of the video player on the website - all contents of this video are copyrighted by the video's owner - the link to YouTube is provided. This is a four minute video showing a lobster boat traveling to Islesford Maine.