Where in Maine?
Sitting at the mouth of a tidal river, this little bait shack is a favorite subject of professional and amateur photographers alike. It dates to 1938, when it was built to replace a similar structure destroyed by a devastating hurricane. The colorful lobster buoys that adorn its shingled façade are a collection in progress — the lobsterman who leases the building sometimes brings back orphaned buoys he finds while hauling traps, and customers of a popular nearby lobster pound and restaurant also have contributed more than a few. The neighborhood in which the shack is located is one of four very distinct villages in a town known for its beaches. The nearest of these strands boasts a promenade and is lined with gift shops, snack bars, and an arcade. Also nearby is another much-photographed southern Maine icon — a gingerbread-trimmed lighthouse with a charming name.
If you can identify this frosted lobsterman’s shack, send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment at DownEast.com. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue — and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.
Photographed by Susan Cole Kelly