LUBEC, Maine — With only three meetings under their belts, the committee to establish a lost fishermen’s memorial on the Lubec waterfront has made impressive progress.
Almost $5,000 has been collected, a partial design has been submitted, a board of directors installed, and a mission statement is under construction. The total fundraising goal to complete the project is $100,000.
As the committee sat around a folding table alongside firetrucks inside the town garage, Bob Lewis of ORPC, a company installing hydroturbines in Cobscook Bay, dropped in unexpectedly to pledge his company’s support and ask for the address to send a check.
“We fully support the endeavor,” Lewis said.
Many of the details of the memorial are yet to be decided, although all committee members seemed to agree that the park would include a granite statue of a woman and child looking out to sea. Granite pavers will be inscribed with the names of mariners lost at sea and surround the statue’s base.
The actual artists’ rendition of the statue is still to be decided, and the committee agreed to seek sketches and ideas from the public.
A boat builder has offered designs and assistance in creating a widow’s walk to surround the statue, and a local landscaper has offered to help.
Once the site of a customs house and then a medical center, the future park overlooks the working waterfront. The memorial and park should be visible from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, where many people have expressed their support of the project.
Chairman Shelley Tinker said that getting all the organizational details in place is vital to begin applying to foundations for grants.
Members of the committee include Lisa Jones, widow of Joseph Jones, and David Cline, father of the late Daryl Cline. Both men were lost at sea in October when the urchin dragger Bottom Basher sank in Cobscook Bay.
The group agreed Thursday night to put a foundation stone at the park site and install a thermometerlike display so the community can track the fundraising progress.
“We need to start putting the memorial stones out as soon as possible. There are families like the Joneses that have no stone, no place to go,” Wanda Corey said.
Among the fundraising efforts that the group is planning are concerts, a cookbook, and fish placards for sale at local businesses. The group also plans to seek donations from suppliers of fishing equipment and materials.
The next committee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Lubec town office. All are welcome.