Nautical life runs deep in our family heritage dating back to 1760, where our ancestors set a high standard in ship building and sail making in Mystic, CT. Much like the Mallory family used the materials available around them to produce a seaworthy vessel, we carry on that same mindset today as we handcraft a unique and nautically inspired line of products.
When it comes to our handcrafted lobster rope doormats, no other company can compare. Every doormat that we create here at Stern Lines tells a different story as to where the rope originated from. Although the patterns may be similar, no two are ever the same! Often times, what ends up on your doorstep or dock was just reclaimed as old lobster fishing gear out of the Atlantic a few short days or weeks prior to its arrival at your home!
Years ago I lived in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and met a handful of lobstermen. Always taken back by their true character and passion for their profession, I kept in touch with many of my lobstermen friends as time moved on. The rope they use to haul traps is usually worn after a season or two and generally ends up in a landfill as it has no real use to a lobstermen anymore. I was mazed by the colorful material and thought to myself, others should be able to see the beauty behind its back story out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Always caring about the environment, my husband and I knew there should be a way to give this retired fishing gear a well deserved second life. That is where Stern Lines became a business. Today, we now travel from York all the way to Machiasport, Maine on a regular basis gathering and reclaiming old rope from over 40 different Maine lobstermen. Since 2012, we have reclaimed and recycled over 80,000 lbs. of Maine lobster rope that would have ended up in a landfill. As our product offerings expand, we are thrilled to continue along the tradition our family set forth over 200 years ago!
- Liz Mallory Norcia (Co-Founder)
Made in New England | Anchored in Maine