The Harbor

photographs and text by Christopher A. Stanley

Father and Son New Harbor Maine Lobstering

Once as I was watching the lobster boats at Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor, I saw a small boat come in carrying a father and son who had been out lobster hauling together.  The boy, probably about ten years old, was dressed in the same orange waders as his father, and, although young, he appeared to be a veteran at his trade.  As they floated into view, the boy guided the boat in slowly, and skillfully caused it to gently rotate until it was parallel to the dock.  This allowed his father to step off of the boat and grab a crane to lift traps off of the boat.  They worked as a team, and were in perfect syncopation as they unloaded lobsters from their boat, handing them to an employee of the wharf who was tallying up the market value of their day’s work.  After unloading the lobsters, the dad walked up to the bar at Shaw’s near where I was sitting, and, upon request from his young colleague in the boat, placed an order – “Two Shirley Temples”.  I couldn’t help but smile at the order.  After a few minutes they set off together, and it was clear they would share many more days just like this one.

Father and Son New Harbor Maine Lobstering

New Harbor Maine