They don’t come with names or adoption papers, but their reputation is widespread.

Port Clyde lobstermen and fishermen wives’ dolls are found in homes throughout the United States and in foreign countries. The dolls depict fishermen, fishermen’s wives, mermaids, boat captains, tourists and others found in and around the community. The handcrafted dolls are dressed in handmade costumes — including caps, sweaters (some are knitted with the Port Clyde name) and authentic foul-weather gear made from old Grundins.

The fisherman doll was “born” in 1977 as a fundraising idea for the Port Clyde Baptist Church when a member of the sewing circle saw a pattern for the doll in a magazine. The rest, as they say, is history. In 1980, the fishermen dolls got wives. The late Janice Tate designed the fisherman’s wife doll. In 1981 mermaid dolls were added to the ever-growing population. Later, other “characters” were added to the population. Each doll has a different personality and appearance. No two look alike.

There will be a special preview of several of the original dolls from 1977 from the estate of the late Cay Lake, one of the original members of the Sewing Circle. The dolls will be auctioned off next year.

The only place at which the handmade dolls can be bought is the Annual Fair of the Port Clyde Baptist Church Sewing Circle. This year the fair will be held Wednesday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The dolls are limited in number and sometimes the desire to purchase one causes customers to line up early. Along with the dolls, there will be other handcrafted items and odds ends and baked goods for sale. Come visit the fair on Route 131 in Port Clyde at the tip of the St. George Peninsula.