The Lobster Plug Story in West Pubnico

Creator(s): Acadian Museum and Archives of West Pubnico

The small Acadian village of West Pubnico, Nova Scotia, was once known as "the lobster plug capital of the world". Wooden lobster plugs, the small pointed pieces of pine that were used to keep the lobster's large claws shut, were made by the millions in West Pubnico, from the early 1900s until 1984. Lobster plugs were made in other communities, but not on such a large scale. Some villagers made a business out of buying and selling plugs, while others did it as a hobby and to make a little extra money.

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