Down Easter Bank Fishing Schooner, Ethel B. Penny
Sail Through the Centuries
The Down-Easter was designed and built exclusively in Maine. It combined speed, cargo capacity, and strength – a combination necessary to match the brutal weather off the Grand Banks and around Cape Horn with a shifting cargo of wheat. Early fishing vessels, called Chebacco boats, were designed primarily for near-shore fishing, but larger versions of these sturdy, high-stemmed and sharp-sterned craft, called pinkies, could voyage as far as Labrador. Pinkies were followed by larger schooners designed for fishing the offshore banks and carrying the catch to the West Indies. Huge five- and six-masted schooners were built in Bath, Waldoboro, Rockland, and Camden. During the Civil War northern shippers abandoned transatlantic voyages to carry goods along the coast and into Canada, and because these voyages required a great deal of manoeuvrability, Maine produced gigantic schooners – vessels rigged fore-and-aft for steering into the wind.
|Dimensions||44 × 33.5 cm|