Coast Guard, Bag Pipes, and Lobsters…oh my! – Plymouth Maritime Festival


Saturday the 14th was the Plymouth Maritime Festival and the National Marine Life Center was represented. There were loads of vendors as well as many marine conservation groups set up all over the Plymouth marina educating and entertaining the many passersby. After getting through the crazy bridge traffic the rest was a breeze. We were able to set up right on the pier and had some fun getting to talk to a bunch of different people.

The U.S Coast Guard performed a mock water rescue just off of the Plymouth jetty which was pretty exciting to see in person. The helicopter flew right over the festival (and our heads) displaying their water rescue techniques. A fully equipped diver was lowered in to the water as the helicopter floated above. The diver was dropped off and then the helicopter flew around in a giant circle to come back and pick up the diver.

There was a 14 lb lobster on display!!! Guests could touch it and hold it (if they dare). I honestly had never seen a lobster so big. This particular guy was eighty years old with each claw weighing 4lbs!! Also in the touch tank were smaller lobsters, clams, muscles, and some small fish.


The Boston Police Pipes and Drums Celtic Column was there in full swing marching up and down the pier wearing the full Celtic kilts. They were a crowd favorite.


All in all Dylan and I had had a great time at the festival and as you move through the summer be on the lookout for maritime festivals popping up all over the Cape. They are a guaranteed fun time no matter who you are and you might just learn something new in the process.