Boat Model, New England Sailing Dory

Description
This model represents a small rowing boat known as a New England sailing dory. During the nineteenth century, these dories were used in the fisheries near Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Dories were also carried nested on the decks of fishing vessels, especially schooners in the later nineteenth century. A dory would be launched into the open sea and filled with fish, which along the New England coast was usually cod. The sailing dory usually had one or two masts with a spritsail and a jib for heavier weather. This model represents a dory 21 feet on the gunwale and 5 feet wide; the Smithsonian purchased it in 1883 from boat builders Higgins & Gifford, Gloucester, MA.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fishing dory, gloucester, rigged model
date made
1883
Measurements
overall: 84 in; 213.36 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Gloucester
ID Number
TR*57573
catalog number
57573
accession number
4986
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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