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Eastport in Washington County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Sardine Industry

 
 
Sardine Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
1. Sardine Industry Marker
Inscription.  
Eastport's fishing industry has sustained the area from the city's beginning. Originally, shallow-water fish harvesting was adapted from Passamaquoddy Indians' use of weirs. Eventually, Eastport became the Sardine Capital of the World, at onetime being home to eighteen sardine factories as well as to the world's largest sardine cannery. Already a dangerous occupation, the fishing fleet found itself contending with the Old Sow, located between Eastport and Deer Island, New Brunswick, the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere with a diameter of 250 feet.

Sardine-canning developed as our shipbuilding industry waned and contributed significantly to the rapid residential growth on the island. Sardines were first canned in the United States by Julius Wolff in Eastport in 1876. The last Eastport sardines were canned in 1983.

Photos from top right:
Largest sardine cannery in the world, Eastport. - Circa 1900 Photograph courtesy of The Quoddy Tides.

Packing Sardines. "It took up my time and the money was good. I enjoyed packing and the crowd of people. The smell wasn't
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too bad - better than fertilizer." Memory of a eannery worker. Photograph courtesy of The Quoddy Tides.

Eastport Harbor crowded with fishing boats. Photograph courtesy of The Quoddy Tides.

Unloading sardines from a sardine carrier at Eastport. -Circa 1950. Photograph courtesy of The Quoddy Tides.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 44° 54.271′ N, 66° 59.05′ W. Marker is in Eastport, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Furniture Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eastport ME 04631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastport Fisherman Statue (here, next to this marker); S.L. Wadsworth & Son (within shouting distance of this marker); Cultural History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roosevelts and Eastport (within shouting distance of this marker); Eastport Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Anne's Anglican Church (approx. 1.8 miles away in Canada); Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Sardine Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
2. Sardine Industry Marker
(approx. 3.3 kilometers away in Canada); Mulholland Point / La Pointe Mulholland (approx. 3.3 kilometers away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastport.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 211 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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