1929-1930The last schooner, Gertrude L Thebaud, was built for the fishing industryEconomy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Gertrude L. Thebaud in the Fishermen’s Race against Bluenose. Thebaud was victorious, October 1930. Adolph Kupsinel, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 22241
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The Gertrude L. Thebaud cost $60,000. Louis Thebaud and other investors were interested in obtaining a vessel to win the International Fisherman’s Cup. In 1933, it sailed from Gloucester to Chicago by way of the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes to serve as the Massachusetts exhibition at the World’s Fair. In 1937, the schooner was chartered by Commander Donald B. MacMillan, the noted explorer, for a trip to the Arctic. During World War II, it served in the Coast Guard patrol. It finished as a freighter in the Caribbean, being wrecked off Venezuela on February 6, 1948. With the Thebaud, the three-hundred-year-old shipbuilding industry of Cape Ann virtually came to an end.

Copeland, Melvin T., and Elliott C. Rogers. The Saga of Cape Ann. Bond Wheelwright Co., 1960. Garland, Joseph E. Gloucester on the Wind: America’s Greatest Fishing Port in the Days of Sail. Arcadia, 1995.
Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, A08, Box 2
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