The Community of Fishing:
“A Lot Has Disappeared”
by Laurie Schreiber
TREMONT – Wendell Seavey, a lobster fisherman and author of “Working the Sea: Misadventures, Ghost Stories, and Life Lessons from a Maine Lobsterfisherman,” recently described the fishing method of tub-trawling, which his father practiced.
“Each dory had four tubs of trawl, each trawl had ten lines, and each line was 50 fathoms long. There was a hook every six feet apart,” he said. The location of the trawls were marked by bamboo poles, 6 or 7 feet long, with flags on them.
The tub-trawling method of fishing started around 1850. It was a very dangerous form of fishing, he said.
“The skipper would get the up about 4 o’clock in the morning. The cook had coffee or donuts and muffins, they had a quick snack, and then the vessel let the dories out,” Seavey told an audience during a recent panel session on the fishing way of life, hosted by the Tremont Historical Society.