1713Captain Andrew Robinson built the first schooner.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Notable People

Winslow Homer, Two-masted Schooner, Graphite on paper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection, Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr., ca. 1880 https://www.si.edu/object/two-masted-schooner%3Achndm_1912-12-190.
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Sloops, ketches, and shallops were the only fishing boats in use until 1713, when a fore and aft rigged vessel with longer lines and a lower, narrower profile was launched at Smith Cove. The schooner design would evolve to provide larger capacity, more hydrodynamic lines, and eventually more sail to quickly reach and return from the fishing banks off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. According to historian John Babson, the schooner got its name when Captain Andrew Robinson launched his new boat, and a spectator called out “See how she scoons!” Capt. Robinson then replied, “A schooner let her be!”

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog “Schooners and Fishing Gear.” National Museum of American History, 9 Mar. 2021, https://americanhistory.si.edu/on-the-water/fishing-living/commercial-fishers/atlantic-cod/schooners-fishing-gear
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