I’d say once a month someone calls the dock looking for an old used wood lobster trap they can put a piece of glass on and turn into a decorative coffee table. The answer for as long as I can remember has been “The fishermen haven’t used wooden traps forever.”
Now with this load of wooden lobster traps it’s the first one I‘ve seen in a whole long time.
Bringing it back “Old School” at Captain Joe and Sons Lobster
Mr Happypants isn’t having such a good day.
The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.
On Wednesday, Skipper James Wood (on the forklift in the video) and his crew loaded and set up twenty brand new lobster traps aboard Still Kicking at the Intershell Seafood wharf on Commercial Street. Wood, who lobster fishes year round, was checking the latest weather forecasts before heading out to Jeffrey”s Ledge, a fishing ground that runs northeastward from Cape Ann.
I figure this jumble looks like about 3 traps. John thinks it’s 9. So we settled on 6 and based on that we counted 36 mangled traps on a small stretch of rocky Magnolia coastline today (see map here).
Joey, maybe you and some of your suppliers can estimate the number of lobster traps in this mangled mess more accurately and we’ll adjust our count accordingly.
Anyone else wanna take a shot at guessing?