It’s that time of year. The Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Has Been Constructed and Adorned With Buoys Hand Painted With Love and Special Messages Of Peace, Joy and Hope By The Children Of Gloucester. And then there are the sterile generic boring trees erected by prisoners of the Maine criminal system who have been incarcerated for unspeakable crimes against the elderly and sick and destitute.
The Wonderful 2010 Gloucester lobster Trap Tree
The Crappy Generic Rockland Lobster Trap Tree
The Ridiculously Disproportionate Beals Island Lobster Trap Tree-
Sources have indicated that The Maine Lobster Trap Trees Were Built By Bands Of People Let Out Of Jail For Crimes Such As Mugging Salvation Army Bell Ringers Outside Of Maine Strip Malls. As Punishment These Convicts Were Forced To Erect Hideous Displays Of Unimaginative Lobster Trap Trees.
Here’s our forktruck. We’ve had it for about 7 years or so.
Yes, it’s covered with rust. New forktrucks can operate in manufacturing plants away from salt water conditions like we operate and look brand new 10-15 years later but operating on the dock exposed to the elements and with the salt water mist from the tanks covering everything, they just turn to rust.
A new forktruck would cost about $30,000 and would look exactly like ours within a couple of years down our dock. Salt water just eats away at everything.
Here’s Toby. What is unusual about this picture is that Toby is in the office. Normally Toby goes lobstering every single day. There are a couple of our guys that go fishing every single day like Toby and we award the guy who has the most landings at the end of the year with the title of Ironman.