Local Museum to Display Look at Maine’s Sardine History

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 year ago

A glimpse of what was once a thriving sardine industry in Maine has been handed over to a local museum. For nearly a century the Peacock family operated the R.J. Peacock Canning Company in Eastport and Lubec. They also had a sardine operation in Portland. Now many of the photos, posters and business papers they collected over the years have been turned over the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searport. The closing a couple of years ago of the last sardine cannery in Maine – and the country – prompted Robert and Jeanne Peacock to find a way to hold on to this history. “It’s a great snapshot of what this business was and to share that with the people because a lot of people are interested in this industry. And it was so important and to preserve it someplace save where it’s accessible.”The artifacts will all be part of a permanent display at the museum called “Gone Fishing”.The photos will eventually be saved in the museum’s digital collection, too.The Penobscot Marine Museum is open from Memorial Day weekend to mid-October.


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