"I'll always be a packer" says Lela Anderson (shown here at the now closed Stinson Sardine plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine).
The closure of Stinson's is a blow to the coastal community of Prospect Harbor.
At one time the Maine coast boasted over 50 thriving sardine plants. Stinson's was the last survivor until closing in April 2010.
Herring become "sardines" when processed and canned.
Packing fish steaks requires dexterity and endurance.
Each tray of sardines holds 25 cans.
Trays of fish are steamed at 208 degrees in the pre-cooking stage.
Lela Anderson rarely missed a day in her 55 years at the plant.
Once the cans are sealed, they are cooked at 250 degrees for 35 minutes.
The Maine Sardine Museum in Jonesport celebrates the history of an industry that once employed thousands.
Ron and Mary Peabody have devoted themselves to keeping the heritage of the Maine sardine alive in their Maine Coast Sardine history museum. Http://www.mainesardinemuseum.tripod.com
Lela Anderson's hands bear witness to a lifetime of cutting fish.
Lulu and Alma were considered the fastest packers.
Photographer Markham Starr captured one of the last days of operation at the Stinson Sardine plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine.
View more slideshows of Maine from Yankee Magazine:
Maine Coastal Odyssey
See more of Markham’s work at: www.markhamstarrphotography.com
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Just the type of Yankee article that I look forward to seeing in each issue. Markham Starr’s photographs are really captured the essence of the people involved . Hope to see more of his work in Yankee!
Keep featuring our New England traditions and attractions,
People Like Miss Lela are the :salt of the earth” people. What a woman. And such a sad tale!
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You nailed it with this one.
Would love to see an article in Yankee Magazine about the Inn at the Wharf in Lubec, Maine, a former sardine cannery that is now a unique Inn and lobster business. We found this by accident, thanks to a motel that sent us there as they had no vacancies. What a terrific find! We went back for a second visit. Hope to see this someday in your magazine. Thank you.
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