June 16, 2010
In our most fun adventure of the trip so far, we went lobstering today aboard the Lucky Catch. Donning our rubber aprons and gloves, about a dozen of us motored around
Along the way we learned lots of interesting information, like how to tell male lobsters from females, and how
To get a lobstering license in
According to our lobsterman guide, a mind-boggling 75 million pounds of lobster were harvested in
While tooling around the bay, we also enjoyed a maritime view of lots of lighthouses. We stopped at one spot where there are more lighthouses visible than from any other point in the country—a total of six lights, seven if you count twin lights in Cape Elizabeth separately, although they are a dual aid to navigation.
The most noteworthy of the lights is the Portland Head Light, commissioned by George Washington in 1787. It is the second oldest light in the country, and reputed to be the most photographed. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in
The Portland Breakwater Light is popularly known as "Bug Light," due to its diminutive 24 foot height. Built at the end of a 1,990 foot breakwater in 1875, it is modeled after a monument in
We can't end with that vision, can we? Let's close with a few lines from Longfellow's poem:
Steadfast, serene, immovable, the same
Year after year, through all the silent night
Burns on forevermore that quenchless flame,
Shines on that inextinguishable light.