Here’s the bow of The Ramblin Rose while she was tied up to put on bait before heading out for a day of lobstering. This is the view from the front of our dock looking to the outer harbor.
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.
We are changing from a static web page to a blog where we will feature regular updates to the happenings down here at the dock.