1905The last all-sail schooner to fish out of Gloucester was the Thomas S. Gorton.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

“Schooner Thomas Gorton at the wharf in Gloucester Harbor about 1929,” c. 1929. Louis Martin Welch, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 15685
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It sailed on her maiden voyage in August for haddock under the command of Captain William H. Thomas; two weeks later it arrived in Boston with seventy thousand pounds of fresh fish. During the last years out of Gloucester, it hauled fish from Canada, a task which symbolized both the cause and the effect of the decline in New England’s fishing industry. The vessel was lost on June 10, 1956, after it hit an iceberg.

Albion, Robert Greenhalgh, William A. Baker, and Benjamin Woods Labaree. New England and the Sea. 1st ed. The American Maritime Library, v. 5. Middletown, Conn: Published for the Marine Historical Association, Mystic Seaport, by Wesleyan University Press, 1972
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