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The fading glory of working waterfronts

Coastal Maine communities that once thrived on the sea's bounty are facing the end of an era

The Stinson fisherman stood watch over the last U.S. sardine cannery. Lela Anderson took her first job in a sardine cannery when she was a sophomore in high school, and except for a few summers picking blueberries, she has worked on the packing line stuffing sardines in tins most of her adult life.

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A piece of Maine's fishing heritage

The Penobscot Marine Museum now owns the Jacob Pike.If a single surviving vessel might be said to exemplify the heyday of Maine's commercial fishery, it could easily be the Jacob Pike.

Built in Thomaston, Maine, at the Newbert and Wallace Shipyard in 1949, the Pike was constructed of oak and hard pine - two species used by generations of shipbuilders because of their durability.



Buried in the sands of time

A pocket watch dug out of the sea floor helps unravel the story of an 1881 cargo ship sinking

The pocket watch was in good shape for spending 128 years on the bottom.Rich Hughes was diving the shallow wreck of a ship when he spied what he thought was a silver coin. That small piece of treasure turned out to be a 19th century pocket watch with a simple inscription that led the 39-year-old Briton on a nine-year journey of detective work and discovery that eventually put the watch back into the hands of a distant relative.



Historian says ship was doomed

Historian David Roberts says there is not much known about the Barbara, but there are records of her being constructed as a large square-rigger in Sunderland, near Newcastle, on England's northeast coast in 1877.



'So simple, so easy, yet so devastating'

A mother's lament after one of the most common of accidents, falling overboard, takes her son's life

Hemingway's Maritime Patriot 23 eventually beached itself on Nantucket with his wife and children aboard.The sea is uncompromising, it is impersonal, and it is blind to a mariner's hard-earned experience. It can exploit the slightest misstep and give it a tragic turn.



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