|The Lobster and Marine Museum tells the story of commercial fishing in Maine, through the history of fishing on Swan's Island. It is history unearthed and preserved by two brothers, Theodore (Ted) and Galen Turner, who have lived on Swan's Island for their whole lives (except for Ted's tour of duty in Vietnam). As they worked on and around boats, Ted and Galen became aware of the rich maritime history of their community, and of the fact that it was rapidly disappearing. In a couple of decades of preservation work, they have searched out models and artifacts from island attics, talked to island old-timers about how things were done in the old days, dived in the harbor to retrieve old equipment that had been used for moorings, restored old motors and built models, and researched newspapers and historical archives for details about fishing and boat building in their community.
The Turner brothers have an extraordinary depth of knowledge about the artifacts they have gathered, and about the men and women who depended on the sea for a livelihood. They are often at the Museum, ready and willing to share this knowledge with visitors. An hour spent listening to these self-taught historians tell stories of their island and the ocean is an unforgettable experience.
At the Museum, you can see:
· Antique fishing equipment and old-time fishing techniques for cod, haddock, mackerel, halibut, swordfish, herring and lobster.
· Boat models and photographs - schooners and sailboats, wherries and chebaccos, pinkies, steamships and early power boats.
· Boatbuilding artifacts and antique tools.
· Historic navigation equipment.
· A century-long collection of lobster gear.
· Photo albums about how folks lived and fished in the old days.