The Fisherman's Shed Exhibit is a reconstruction of fisherman and diver Snooks Green’s (see diving exhibit) shed on the Ingalls Head Road. A typical fisherman's shed is filled with items related to an often multi-faceted fishery. Many fishermen traditionally have set traps for lobster in the fall, gone hand-lining for ground fish or tended herring weirs in the summer (if they owned shares in one of the more than 100 that used to surround the island), and perhaps gill netted or dragged for scallops throughout summer and fall as well.
The shed will also be in constant disarray, filled with hooks, lines and sinkers, a miscellany of carpentry tools, warm clothing, and much, much more. Here is where they store their gear, paint their lobster trap buoys, mend twine, repair a boat engine, or build a toy boat for a grandson. Some sheds have tubs for gutting or salting fish, or are used for shucking scallops or baiting lobster pockets – whatever the activity, the aroma is always interesting!
Our fisherman’s shed is filled with donated items from many fishermen and spans about 100 years of fishing. We identify some of them in a small photo album, but there are too many to list or describe, and we want our shed to look authentic, so we haven’t labeled items. Please step inside and experience it for yourself!