Cribstone Bridge Lobsters

Cribstone Bridge Lobsters

This lobster shack is typical of ones found all along the Maine coast.

The more parts of the Maine coast I visited, the more I realized how important the lobster industry is to the Maine economy. Lobsters and lobster-related industries are ubiquitous. Virtually every town had a harbor that had at least a few lobster boats anchored there. You could buy lobsters, lobster rolls, lobster keychains, lobster buoys, lobster hats, and virtually anything else that could be branded with a lobster.

After watching quite a few crews come in to unload their lobster pots, seeing how many harbors had a lobster fleet, and seeing an average of twenty or thirty boats in each harbor (some had many more), I began to understand that the ocean floor must be absolutely loaded with lobsters. To think that the industry is regulated so that lobsters won’t be overfished made me realize that lobsters must live in the millions off the Maine coast. So, taking an image of a few lobster shacks seemed necessary to capture a feel for the culture there.

This particular shack has the distinction of being on an island barely off the coast of Maine, the small but beautiful Bailey Island. Bailey Island has unique attribute as well. It is connected to the mainland by a granite cribstone bridge. Cribstone is the description of a bridge where granite slabs that are stacked like timber in a mineshaft to keep it from collapsing. This pilings for the bridge are “cribbed” and a roadbed has been built on top of those “cribs”. Apparently this combination of granite slabs in a cribbed formation is the only one like it in the world. So the Cribstone bridge is unique.

This lobster shack sits at the end of the bridge entering Bailey Island. On this day, the fog was so thick that it was difficult to see to the mainland even though it was only a few hundred yards away. Cribstone Bridge Lobsters. A combination only found on the coast of Maine.

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