Winding Down


Most summer days I am awakened by the sound of lobster boats leaving the harbor to check their traps.

Later they return with their catch which is unloaded on to waiting trucks that will take them to be shipped to worldwide destinations.

These days are different.  The boats go out later, and when they return the stern is filled with traps that are being hauled for the winter.

They are stacked on piers

or in yards and stand like abstract wire sculptures done in wild colors brightening and warming an increasingly wintry landscape.

So, what will the lobsterman do during the winter months?

Repair nets,

repaint buoys, count the days until he can reset his traps.  It’s the way in the life of men and women who make their living from the sea.

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7 thoughts on “Winding Down

  1. Ya lobstermen dont stop working in the winter in one of your pictures it show what they do in winter months. The picture is question has shrimp traps in it lobstermen will go shrimping in winter, and haul offshore some of the smaller boats will haul in the harbor but the bigger boat will go outside anywhere from 5-15 miles to haul.

    • Thanks for your comment, Fred. Most of the boats in Rockport Harbor are out of the water now and the few that remain have some pots in the harbor. I’m not sure how many, if any, are shrimping. Definitely the activity is much less than is usual.

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