Bluejacket Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack

$280.00

BJ-KLW117
Scale 1-1/2″
Length: 46″

SKU: BJ-KLW117 Categories: ,

Description

Bluejacket Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack

The Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack was a type of vessel used for lobster fishing in the coastal waters of Maine, particularly in Muscongus Bay. The term “smack” refers to a traditional fishing boat with a cutter rig and a gaff-rigged mainsail, commonly used by fishermen in New England during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack was specifically designed and built for lobster fishing, featuring a shallow draft and sturdy construction to withstand the rough seas and rocky shores of the Maine coast. These vessels were typically small to medium-sized, ranging from 20 to 40 feet in length, with a open deck layout that allowed for easy hauling of lobster traps and storage of the day’s catch.

Lobster fishing with smacks in Muscongus Bay was a common practice among local fishermen, who used handlines and lobster pots to harvest the prized crustaceans from the rocky ocean floor. The fishermen would set out early in the morning, checking their traps and hauling in lobsters throughout the day before returning to shore to sell their catch at local markets or to processing plants.

The Muscongus Bay Lobster Smacks played a vital role in the economy and culture of the coastal communities in Maine, serving as a symbol of the region’s rich maritime heritage and tradition of sustainable seafood harvesting. These vessels were not only workhorses of the lobster fishing industry but also served as a source of pride for fishermen who relied on them for their livelihoods.

Today, the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack remains a nostalgic reminder of a bygone era in Maine’s fishing industry, with some vessels preserved and restored as historical artifacts or used for recreational purposes. The legacy of these traditional fishing boats lives on in the continued practice of lobster fishing in Muscongus Bay and other coastal waters of Maine, where the humble lobster smack continues to play a role in sustaining local communities and preserving heritage fishing practices.

The Bluejacket Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack kit is an intermediate plank on bulkhead model. Includesd in the kit are many laser cut parts, all necessary planking materials, fittings, rigging cord, and sailcloth.

Scale 1-1/2″
Length: 46″

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 25 × 10 × 10 in

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