Boat Model, Fishing Dory

This model represents a dory, a type of small boat commonly used by in New England during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dories were usually carried on the decks of large fishing vessels in the latter half of the nineteenth century. They were launched into the open sea from the deck of the mother ship to fish, which along the New England coast was usually for cod or halibut. Dories also were used to trawl, a fishing technique in which a long line had hundreds or thousands of baited hooks. Typically manned by one or two people, dories relied on oars and occasionally sails. This model represents a dory 18½ feet at the gunwale and 5 feet wide. The model was built in 1876 and was given to the Smithsonian by the boat builders, Starling & Stevens of Ferryville, Maine.
Currently not on view
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United States: Maine
overall: 18 1/2 in; 46.99 cm
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Gift of Starling & Stevens, Collected by U. S. Fish Commission
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
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National Museum of American History


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