People often ask what a Maine lobster fishing port is like. Picturesque, quaint, and as if you are referring to Machiasport, older than America itself. Machiasport, Maine is a popular tourist destination about an hour from Canada and a historic seaport, dating back to 1663.
The Machias Bay area — Machias and Machiasport — had a rough beginning, even by Maine standards. The settlers saw buildings sacked three times during its early history. Once by the French trying to kick the English out of Northern Maine, and later by the British during the Revolutionary War, and again during the War of 1812.
Lobster boats return to Machiasport, ME. facility at end of day.
The legendary June 1775 Naval Battle of Machias was the first naval battle of the fight for independence and led to the capture of a British schooner, the HMS Margaretta. A small group of settlers, having attacked the British schooner by both land and from the coastal sloop Unity, were able to overcome the British and capture the ship. Later in the war the British returned to burn parts of the town, though they were quickly chased back out to sea by the Militia. The area was attacked by a British Fleet again in 1814 and the fort destroyed a second time. Later, the federal government rebuilt the fort during the Civil War, but no shots were ever fired. Fort O’Brien, as it is called, now belongs to the state.
With a population of about 1,100 people, Machiasport today is far more peaceful than its legendary past and is best known for its historical taverns, charming bed and breakfasts and its seafood, especially lobster. And of course, its lobster fishermen.
The Lobster Trap Company operates four pounds and two buying stations located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of product. These subsidiaries are known as BBS Lobster Trap. In addition, the company operates numerous storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds making orders of ANY SIZE possible.
The retail online web service leverages the high wholesale volume to provide customers with fresh, select grade, hard shell lobster that are strong and healthy. This ensures that only the very best lobster make the trip across the country to a customers front door. Since Lobster Trap buys direct from the fishermen, there are no middlemen. The result is the best quality, price and service found anywhere online.
© Wayne Howe 2011