1680 (ca.)The fishing industry was beginning to be pursued for profit on a small scale around this time.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

A dozen shallops and sloops were registered to Gloucester citizens in 1680. These were the most common types of wind-powered fishing boats used during the early colonial era. Fishing emerged from a small-scale cottage industry when the dried fish were marketed to a wider audience, and used for overseas trading.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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