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New England Fish Inc.: 1904

New England Fish Inc.: 1904

1904. "Fisher schooners at 'T' wharf, Boston. George H. Lubee at left." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The Fabulous Baker Boies

Apparently, Baker, Boies & Watson was a commercial fishing powerhouse at the Boston seaport for a long, long time... from this photo, in 1904, through their 1920 sponsorship of the Fishing Masters' Association directory, "Fishermen of the Atlantic" (image), to the 1962 dedication of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, which they also sponsored.

We're Here

The life of these fishermen(including the process of stacking dories)is well described in Kipling's Captain's Courageous, which I re-read every year. Delightful to see fishing schooners from this era in such detail.


A dory can carry 2 men and 1,000 lbs. of fish. I've never heard of them being sailed, or known them to have centerboards to make that possible. Regardless, they're very stable boats!

Here's an example of a dory I saw on the L.A. Dunton at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.

Fannie Belle Atwood

The George H. Lubee was launched at Essex, Mass. in 1902. The other schooner might be the Fannie Belle Atwood, launched from Essex the following year.


Those aren't tenders, they are dories, the reason for the existence of the schooner in the first place. The schooner would carry the fishermen and their dories to the fishing grounds, perhaps the Grand Banks or a similar area, where the small boats would be dispatched, usually with a man and a boy, to fish with longlines or by other methods. Cod was the most common prey. The dories' thwarts (the seats) could be removed to allow them to nest on the deck, as shown in the photo.

Dories were well-designed to hold great loads and still be manageable in rough seas. They could be sailed or rowed.

Stack of Tenders

I've never seen tenders stacked up like that before on both schooners. No interior obstructions whatsoever.

Add: Thanks chicagobob! Cool info

Joe Palooka

Whoa! You did not want to give any trouble to the guy on the far right of the wharf! Yes, the one with a granite jaw and hands like baseball mitts.

Rope Fetish

Yup, if you have one, this is the job for you.

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