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The Undernet: 1918

The Undernet: 1918

Circa 1918. "Portland, Maine. Drying fishing nets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Looks similar

Looks similar to this picture I took down there yesterday. This is the Portland waterfront close to Js Oyster bar. Probably a different location but its interesting that I just took a picture like this there.

Not so different.

I live right by this dock and work on the water from time to time. Other than the addition of tourists and fiberglass pleasure boats from time to time, Custom House Wharf doesn't look all that different today. Seriously.

That schooner . . .

The best thing about this photo is that schooner - beautiful lines. Do we build anything like that anymore? Certainly not for industrial purposes.

Net drying

No more net drying racks cluttering the docks of fishing ports since the advent of synthetic fiber nets, which can be put away wet without rotting.

Rundlett and Verrill

From the Chamber of Commerce Journal of Maine, May 1916, Page 313:

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