A lot will have changed on the Southwest Waterfront once a $2 billion redevelopment effort wraps up in a decade or so. But it appears the lobsterman will remain.
Not a live lobsterman, mind you, but the little-known Maine Lobsterman Memorial, which has graced the quay a few steps south of Cantina Marina since 1983.
The Portland Press Herald reported this weekend that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has made a special effort to guarantee the memorial will be preserved, dealing with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to make sure a lobsterman proviso is added to the federal legislation necessary to proceed with the redevelopment plans:
Collins says she understands the memorial — which sits in a little park — needs to be moved, but she wants to make sure the bronze statue of a lobsterman kneeling over his catch is relocated to an equally prominent site on the waterfront.
The Maine Lobsterman Memorial in D.C. “should always be respected and remain near the water,” Collins says.
Norton tells the Press Herald she’s fine with writing the statue into the statute: “The Lobsterman lives, he thrives in this new development. ... He will be front and center.” Developers says they’ll pay for the cost of the move, either to parkland or closer to the retail portion of the complex.
RoadsideAmerica.com has a history of the D.C. Lobsterman, which is a 1970s bronze replica of the plaster original, made for the 1939 New York World’s Fair by artist Victor Cahill. The statue, donated by a chapter of the Camp Fire Girls, depicts H. Elroy Johnson of Harpswell, Maine.