1623Early colonists fished from wherries and dried fish on flakes, which took 4-10 days.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

A flake is a raised platform for drying fish that have been split, cleaned, and prepared for preservation. A wherry is a traditional boat design used for fishing and carrying cargo, passengers, and livestock on rivers like the Thames. Wherries were typically rowed but sometimes augmented by a single sail. Flat-bottomed and typically 20 to 25 feet long, the early colonists brought disassembled wherries (and shallops) from England to be rebuilt here. They were among the earliest types of boats used for inshore fishing, such as the Atlantic salmon fishery in Penobscot Bay.

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