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Lobster trap tree grows holiday spirit in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Nov 24, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The lobster that sits atop Rockland's lobster trap tree is handed off to volunteers Nov. 24.

Rockland — Rockland's lobster trap tree is standing tall thanks to volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The tree was erected Nov. 24 in less than four hours at Mildred Merrill Park which overlooks Harbor Park and Rockland Harbor.

The lobster trap tree has been a tradition in Rockland since 2005. The tree stands 40-feet tall with about 155 traps donated by Brooks Trap Mill.

The tree is adorned with 2,500 lights, 600 feet of natural green garland, and more than 100 lobster buoys. A large lobster sits atop the tree.

Rockland Main Street Inc. organizes the tree project and the other downtown holiday activities.

This year, the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Celebration will broadcast online via livestream on the Rockland City Website at This is to avoid health risks that can come with crowds, and the City of Rockland has asked there be no gathering at the park.

The tree lighting will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, concluding at 7:30 p.m.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Peter Peno | Nov 25, 2020 08:53

I'll second Valerie's comment, thank you to the US Coast Guard and Brooks Trap Mill.  Now it feels like the holidays!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 25, 2020 06:44

Thanks Brooks Trap Mill and the Coast Guard volunteers and everyone else that made this possible

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