Ten Pound Island From Bill Hubbard
Ever since I posted my rant about Google’s placing of the first Coast Guard Air Station at Harbor Look rather than on Ten Pound Island, I’ve heard from a number of your readers.
There seems to be a lot of questions over which came first; The US Fish Hatchery or the Coast Guard Air Station? My picture attached is a coast guard photo of the island taken in 1900 just a year after the Fish Hatchery was established on the east end of the island. The hatchery buildings and lighthouse buildings are as they appeared at that time which was 25 years before the US Coast Guard established Air Station Gloucester on the Island.
I’ve tried to find more information about the fish hatchery but details are lacking. All I can establish is that they raised fish from eggs brought to the island by research vessels and some contracted fishing vessels. I remember being told they raised Cod from eggs and also Lobsters from eggs but can’t seem to find the details. Even though it was over 100 years ago, it’s amazing how much old data and pictures keeps making it’s way to Google. I did find a Google Book with a great picture of the Air station from a post card but cannot figure out how to copy or print it.