Maine lobster boat in rough seas (videos)

I always try to explain to people just how difficult it is working on a lobster boat, especially in rough weather.

Well last week I had the rare opportunity to get some video footage on a steam to some offshore traps when the wind suddenly picked up.

Keep in mind, as rough as these videos look, it’s nothing compared to the winter time when most lobstermen push their boats to the limit, enduring rough seas, freezing temperatures, and thick fog.

Also something to remember: the footage doesn’t include us actually hauling the traps, baiting the needles, or setting the strings back into the water- all of which are exponentially more difficult to do in this type of weather compared to just sitting on the stern and videotaping or manning the wheel.


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Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works on a lobster boat, advocates for the marginalized and downtrodden, and occasionally ruffles feathers in City Hall and Augusta.