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    Rockport Harbor, Massachusetts 1935

    https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/...alth:3197xn183


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    clicking the links will take you high res versions of the images

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    The first photo has something interesting: a lobster boat with a riding sail. I've never seen one with a riding sail, down here in Massachusetts... but there were a number of them in Burnt Coat Harbor, ME, when we went on our long downeast cruises.
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    Cool pics & I like how you can really blow up the hi-res ones. However - blowing them up shows 50's vintage cars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    However - blowing them up shows 50's vintage cars...
    no **** the date the boston public library gives is 1935, weird
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    That harbor is different today.
    i bet
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    Default Re: when did lobster boats assume their current aesthetic form?

    I suspect it is more like 1955.

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    One of the few interesting parts of working in the Postal Service was seeing postcards from virtually all over the world. Just as lobster boats are unique to an area of this country, all over the world countries/areas have boats unique to them
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    Here's a photo of a Cape Island Boat from 1936; the boat is likely a few years older than the photo. The form remained similar for the next twenty years with the exception of shelter houses built to protect the helmsman and engine box. The hull type was first developed on Cape Island (go figure, eh?) in 1905. In the 1960's the hulls started to get wider, with more freeboard, as the boats started going farther out to sea.




    Here is a photo of an open Cape Islander hull rigged for swordfishing, taken in 1934:

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    ahem, that's clearly a tuna boat not a lobster boat in the top pic
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    And a swordfishing boat in the second one, eh?
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    Damn you guys are sharp!
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    i like the spindle back 'windsor' chairs on the 'tunaboat'
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    There is a photo of a tuna tournament boat at the Wedgeport Tuna Fishing Museum of an early custom-rigged dory set up for tournament fishing. The 'fighting chair' is the seat portion of a wooden swivel office chair mounted on a stout plank lying athwartships across the gunwales just aft of midships.

    It looks like at least one of the spindle-back chairs on the first photo is a swivel office chair, too.
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    Bass Harbor, Maine in about 1900. Note the mix of sloops of the Friendship style and new fangled power boats with canvas spray hoods. The building with the large chimney is the Underwood cannery.

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    loving those clipper bowed sloops, friendship sloops i assume?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    loving those clipper bowed sloops, friendship sloops i assume?
    Yup, or at least the local variant.

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    sail powered lobster boats. . .
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    sail powered lobster boats. . .

    Some of those were called 'catboats'...
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    In my experience, aesthetics are far down the list for anyone making a living fishing. If an ugly boat catches more fish, fishing boats get uglier.
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    Bobcat, truer words were never spoken:

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    of course
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    Years ago, the Whatcom County Museum had a fishing exhibit with recordings from the early days. The old timers would say that one of them put an engine or a bigger engine in a boat or some other new gear. All the others said, "he'll never catch enough to pay for that."

    Then, by golly, he caught way more fish than anyone else, and so the following year a bunch of them caught an engine or a bigger engine or whatever new gear they scoffed at the year before....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    In my experience, aesthetics are far down the list for anyone making a living fishing. If an ugly boat catches more fish, fishing boats get uglier.
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