View Full Version : Gloucester, 1942

10-25-2015, 06:28 PM



10-25-2015, 07:01 PM
The boat in that last shot looks like it has still has the stub of a bowsprit.

Tom Hunter
10-26-2015, 07:00 AM
The last true schooners were built in the 20s, and hung on fishing into the 50s with cut down rigs. So plenty of the boats in these pictures would have started as schooners. Keeping sail was dangerous though, that is one of the reasons they got rid of it. Adventure http://schooner-adventure.org/ lost a crew member in a sailing accident some time in the late 30s or early 40s (my memory is fuzzy) and they stopped using the cut down rig after that, the risk to life was not worth the fuel savings.

Paul Pless
10-26-2015, 07:11 AM
An excellent documentary from 1966 showing Portuguese cod fishing dory schooners sailing to the Grand Banks and fishing for cod. A five month expedition.


Worth noting the Portuguese schooners are a bit different than our North American banks schooners due to the length of the journey, but the dories and fishing is the same.

10-26-2015, 09:10 AM
I think the Gloucester schooner Old Glory as pictured is a mackerel seiner. Likely converted to an auxiliary schooner (engine) from an early type. There are many photos of that particular boat in the Yale collection and in the National Archives. There is little romance in those images for me, it was just brutal and dangerous hard work.
(I grew up on the "North Shore" in the 1950's and Swampscot and Marblehead were within range of my Bicycle)

For Cod fishing with dories see;

Allan Villiers, 1951...


Paul Pless
10-26-2015, 09:13 AM

10-26-2015, 10:43 AM
Drying fish - Gloucester, 1915.


Chris Smith porter maine
10-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Old glory has doors, and what looks like a forward gallows on the starboard side so pretty sure she is a eastern rigged dragger.

10-26-2015, 11:40 AM

10-26-2015, 11:59 AM
Old glory has doors, and what looks like a forward gallows on the starboard side so pretty sure she is a eastern rigged dragger.
Yep, ... a bit od the gallows is to starboard and the door is to port. Hmmm.

Edit, ........ There are two doors stacked together to port, might just be spares.