Wednesday, July 18, 2007

"The Sherman Zwicker," also 1942

This "auxiliary fishing schooner" was built by the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard at Lunenburg and is 142 feet in length as compared with 85 feet for the ship shown below. There similarity is their descent from Grand Bank schooners which were totally dependent on sails. THe piloot house on both craft was a decided convenience over the open wheel on older vessels. My great grandfather, Judson Guptill II, brought the "Grace Darling" to Grand Manan as a true schooner but as soon as engine technology appeared she was stripped of her bowsprit and most of her sails, and looked quite like this. The Sherman Zwicker fished for 20 years under a Lunenburg skipper and made her last trip to the Grand Banks in the early 1960s. THe ZWicker is exactly like similar vessels which fishewd out of New England and this is why she was saved from beaching and decay to become a floating museum. She remains as the largest wooden ship based in the waters of Maine. Her home port is Boothbay, Maine.

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