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Menhaden Fisheries

Lewes Maritime History Trail

 
 
Menhaden Fisheries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Menhaden Fisheries Marker
Inscription. Menhaden, a small bony, oily fish was pursued not to be eaten but to be pressed for its oil and ground into fertilizer. Lewes' fisheries began in 1883 and reached their zenith in 1953 when the docks at Lewes strained unde the weight on millions of pounds of menhaden, leading some to call Lewes "the nation's largest fishing port."
The fisheries were the town's main economic engines for the fist half of the twentieth century, employing hundreds and supporting numerous local businesses, including marine repair, rentals for seasonal workers, and food services for the shipboard galleys.
The Lewes menhaden industry collapsed in the early 1960s as the local stock was severly depleted from technological improvements that led to overfishing. Nothing remains of the many fisheries-related businesses that were once located along Cape Henlopen Drive.

 
Erected by City of Lewes.
 
Location. 38° 46.901′ N, 75° 7.82′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Bayview Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located between Virginia Avenue and East Savannah Road, on the beach. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Menhaden Fisheries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
2. Menhaden Fisheries Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lighthouses (here, next to this marker); Lewes-Rehoboth Canal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Unknown Sailors' Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Otis H. Smith City Dock (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Bombardment of Lewes (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Bombardment of Lewes (approx. 0.6 miles away); The War of 1812 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewes.
 
Also see . . .  Menhaden. From Wikipedia. The Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) is a small, oily-fleshed fish that plays a major role in the marine ecosystem on the east coast of the United States. (Submitted on December 8, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Menhaden Fisheries Marker, lower left picture image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
3. Menhaden Fisheries Marker, lower left picture
Menhaden Fisheries Marker, lower center picture image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
4. Menhaden Fisheries Marker, lower center picture
Menhaden Fisheries Marker, upper right picture image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
5. Menhaden Fisheries Marker, upper right picture
Menhaden Fisheries Marker, picture at right image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
6. Menhaden Fisheries Marker, picture at right
Menhaden Fisheries Marker picture , at right image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
7. Menhaden Fisheries Marker picture , at right
Menhaden Fisheries Marker, picture bottom right image. Click for full size.
By Riley E. McGarraugh
8. Menhaden Fisheries Marker, picture bottom right
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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