1793Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury started to build dories for the Gloucester fleet.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Founded in the late 1700s, Lowell’s Boat Shop on the Merrimack River in Amesbury perfected the design of the “bank dories” that Gloucester’s fleet initially used for hand lining and later for trawl fishing starting in the mid-1800s. Sixteen to twenty-three feet long, their flat bottoms, sharp bows, and high sides were very stable, even in rough seas with a thousand pounds of fish on board. Dories were designed to be easily stacked on a schooner, six to eight per side, and could be rowed by a single fisherman, although two were usually deployed to manage the trawl lines. Lowell’s also designed and built “surf dories” that the U.S. Lifesaving Service used almost exclusively for 100 years for rescuing stranded sailors from shipwrecks. Lowell’s produced 2,209 dories in 1911 at the height of production.

1700€™s | The Gloucester Adventure. https://schooner-adventure.org/history/gloucester-fishing-industry/1700s/
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