Monumental DC – A series where I’ll be documenting the many memorials in DC that we pass by frequently, but rarely seem to stop and pay notice to. Follow on twitter with #monumentalDC
What: Maine Lobstermen
When: Saturday March 30, 2013
Where: Water Street SW
March is going out like a lamb, and spring weather is slowly but surely coming back to Washington, DC – so it is fitting that I start memorial hunting again. This is the Maine Lobstermen statue along the Southwest Waterfront, a memorial that I knew existed, but had never run across until this past saturday.
It makes me really happy to see this one, as my grandfather was a lobsterman plying the coast of Long Island Sound for these delicious crustaceans. I was only 6 or 7 years olf when he passed, but I fondly remember trips to the boatyard to see the Carlee B., his gifts of dried starfish, and the smell of the bait fish that were kept in drums on deck. Every once in a while a bag of lobsters would wind up in the refrigerator at home, and we would “race” them across the kitchen floor.
This statue was originally created for the 1939 worlds fair in New York, and exhibited in the Maine booth in the Hall of States, but at the time it was only a plaster cast painted in bronze colored paint. Eventually it fell into disrepair and was passed around from town to town along the Maine coast. Eventually a bronze cast was made, and this is the result, ending up in DC around 1983 thanks to the Camp Fire Girls of Cundy Harbor Maine.