First known as the Meduncook Plantation, Friendship was settled in the mid- 18th century and incorporated as the Town of Friendship in 1807. Many of its earliest residents were descendants of the original pilgrims who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Given its location on the rocky coast of Maine, Friendship has an abiding connection to the sea.
For over 200 years, Friendship fishermen have plied the cold waters beyond its rocky shores to Muscongus Bay and the Gulf of Maine. Its quarrymen provided granite throughout the eastern United States. Today, Friendship has one of the most active lobster fleets on the coast of Maine. Supporting industries such as boatbuilding and trap making are still active in the town. Its picturesque harbor is filled with working lobster boats, and its shores are lined with lobstermen’s co-ops. Driving along the streets in the off-season, you’ll see lobster boats neatly tucked into the yards of the fishermen, along with piles of lobster traps, buoys and pot warp.
It was here that the Friendship sloop, designed for navigating the coastal waters and hauling lobster traps, became famous. Wilbur Morse was the most prolific builder of Friendship sloops, some of which still sail today. The boat pictured below was designed and built by Winfield Lash of the Lash Brothers Boatyard. The boatbuilding and finishing industry still flourishes in Friendship.