Maine Lobster Fishing History explains “Smackmen” first appeared in the 1820s because of increasing demand for lobster in areas such as New York and Boston. The names were given in reference of their boats, the “well smack”.
Following the Maine Lobster History, we learn that by World War II, Maine lobster was considered a delicacy, and was not rationed. The lobster meat filled the demand for food rich in protein. Many people could afford it owing to the boom of wartime economy. Though there was a decline at first after the war, sales immediately climbed.