Sun Sets on a Good Day’s Work

Sun Sets on a Good Day’s Work
Fishing vessel at Rockland's fish pier

The fishing vessel "Double Eagle" is moored up at Rockland's fish pier as the sun sets another good day's work (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

There is a time for work and a time to prepare and rest for the labors of tomorrow. The latter was the scene this evening along the City of Rockland’s fish pier as the sun descended on a good day’s work.

Standing on shore, one could sense a becalm feeling settling in over Rockland Harbor as the sun’s deep orange radiance gave majesty to the stillness of the moment.

The coy of gulls, feeding nearby on barnacles and sea growth attached to freshly pulled floating docks, may have been piercing the air at intervals, but the quiet that had enveloped the harbor was even louder in a moment of reflection.

Lobster boat and its crew prepare for another work day

The crew of the lobster boat "Lobsta Mobsta" works to set their equipment and traps for another work day (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Solitary fishermen, silhouetted against the backdrop of the pier, made little in the way of noise. Their motions applied to storing equipment, stacking lobster traps and securing lines was relaxed in nature and indicative of the type of satisfaction derived from a hard day’s work. The hustle and bustle of fishing operations would have to wait until dawn.

Even the vessels themselves – each distinctive in shape and seasoned ruggedness, added a luster to the serenity as the sun reflected its shine off their hulls of red, white, green and blue in brilliant fashion. The ebb tide, now two hours running, did little to disturb the motionless tranquility.

Rockland's Fish Pier at sunset

A view of Rockland's fish pier at sunset (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

By morning the becalm feeling will give way to new opportunities waiting to be seized by fishermen and lobstermen whose efforts are so important to our community’s economy, traditions and way of life.

At first light, engines will once again be humming, equipment rattling and voices will be orchestrating the start of another good day’s work. But on this evening, an irresistible slice of coastal Maine, doused in autumn spice, was begging to be admired. Who was I to argue?

Lobster boat with Owls Head in the distance

The lobster boat "Joanne Marie" sits quietly at days end basking in an autumn sunset (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Gulls soak up the the remaining warm rays of sunlight as the marine environment around them is quiet (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Gulls soak up the the remaining warm rays of sunlight as the marine environment around them is quiet (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Bow of Double Eagle with Rockland Breakwater Light

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse can be seen through a sea of lines, masts and equipment along the fish pier (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

The sun sets on this day with a promise of new opportunities by dawn

The sun sets on this day with a promise of new opportunities by dawn (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)