Down East January 1981

January 1981

The table of contents from the January 1981 issue of Down East.


Twilight for a Lobsterman?

For thirty-five years, Howard Kimball has set off to tend his traps from his Rockport  harbor wharf. Now, high taxes and diminishing returns threaten his livelihood. By Lew Dietz.

Making It In Maine

Two more success stories from the Pine Tree State.

The Snow Flew White

Warm recollections of cold boyhood winters on the snowy shores of Union River Bay. By Ernest Dodge.

Color Photo Essay: Winter, Down East Style

Ordinary winter activities pale beside the uncommon ways Mainers have dreamed  up to pass the long season.

Ordeal of the Steamboat ‘Katahdin’

Her coal supply awash, the steamboat’s  plucky crew heaved cargo, fittings, and furniture  into the boiler to bring her safely to port during a January, 1886, storm. By Brian Phelan.


Room With A View

The plants native to the island which delight me the most are the lady slippers,which come out  after the last snow melts and which bloom through the early part of June. In my opinion, there is no ornament anywhere lovelier than the mauve blossom of a lady slipper, standing shyly and alone on the forest  floor. By Caskie Stinnett.

Traveling Down East

Maine Winter Vacations

North by East

Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.

Outdoor Maine

Togues Spawn Early Due to Lack of Sun

Down East Bookshelf

Emmeline by Judith Rossner

I Remember

My $65 Racehorse

Cover: “Young Fisherman” (24″ x 30″), oil on canvas, by Jeremiah Pearson Hardy. From the collection of the William A. Farnsworth Library and  Art Museum, Rockland; a gift of the Estate of Harriet W. St. Clair. Considered one of the most engaging of mid-nineteenth-century provincial artists, Hardy (1800-1887) recorded the local folk and local color of his native Bangor for some sixty years. A student of painting in New York under artist Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, Hardy’s work is noted for its unusual balance of the sophisticated and the naive.