Lobster pots piled up on a wharf in Rockport Harbor. The red fishing shack at the end is called "Motif No. 1" and is touted as the most often painted building in America. I didn't know that when I took the picture.
Rockport is one of the many coastal towns with a history of fishing and lobster trapping. To catch lobster, baited cages (called "pots") are lowered to the sea floor, their locations marked with buoys. The lobsters wander in but can't get out. Fishermen haul the cages up to their boats and remove the lobsters. As with most fishing, there are strict rules about how many and what size lobsters can be kept.
Fishing shacks on the water's edge in Rockport.
I ate lobster only once on this trip. It was in Kittery, Maine, just over the boarder from New Hampshire. Ken had a plate of claws and I ate a lobster roll, a salad of lobster meat made with mayonnaise and served on a bun. Delicious!