Today we visited the Portland waterfront. We started with a visit to the Portland Fish Exchange. We saw hundreds of pounds of fresh fish that was ready for be purchased and shipped to markets across the Northeast. Much of the fish was going to the Fulton Market in NYC.
After the Fish Exchange, we went to the US Coast Guard Station in South Portland. Half of the group went out onto the Maine Marine Patrol boats to see lobstermen pulling traps. The other part of the group was learning how to put on immersion suits, jump into the water, and get into a life raft. The groups switched, and were able to experience both parts of the day.
We ended the day at Chase, Leavitt & Co., a marine supply, sales, and repair shop. They’ve been in business since 1854!
Thank you to Ann Backus from the Harvard ERC for arranging the tour, as well as to the Maine Marine Patrol and the US Coast Guard for leading our group in these tours.