MAINE 200 — In the late 1870s, the first sardine cannery in Maine was established.
The industry flourished in Maine for decades, growing to a value of around $4 million in 1900. At its peak, dozens of canneries spread from Boothbay to Eastport.
This seasonal work employed men, women and children during its heyday. However, the economic growth did not last long before the industry began to decline.
The Maine sardine industry fell victim to both outsourcing by competitors and advanced technology. The last cannery located in Eastport closed its doors in 2010.
(Vintage Photo Credit: Collections of Maine Historical Society, courtesy of VintageMaineImages.com, Item No. 7663, 11407, 1458)