Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton
Built: Arthur D. Story Yard
Essex, MA, 1921
Beam: 24í 11”
Draft: 12í 3”
The L.A. Dunton represents the height of development among the all-sail ocean fishing vessels of the Northeast, before draggers like the Museumís Roann made them obsolete. Fishing with hooks and lines handled by hardy dorymen, these fishing schooners combined the best features of speed, maneuverability, and stability.
Designed by Thomas McManus, the Dunton was owned and commanded by Captain Felix J. Hogan from 1921 to 1934. The Dunton made about 18 trips a year, rangimg from Georges Bank off Cape Cod to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. She fished mostly for halibut in summer and haddock in winter, preserving her catch on ice for the trip back to Boston, then the nationís principla fish market. When she caught cod, it was commonly delivered to Gloucester to be salted and dried for shipment to distant markets.
When she retired from fishing during the Great Depression, Captain Hogan sold the Dunton to new owners in Newfoundland. As an engine-powered vessel with shortened masts and a pilothouse to shelter her wheel, she fished the Grand Banks for another 20 years.
The L.A. Dunton became a coastal freighter in 1955 and was purchased for preservation by Mystic Seaport
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.732′ N, 71° 57.897′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); Mystic Seaport Museum First Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Training Ship Joseph Conrad (about 300 feet away); Bower Anchor (about 300 feet away); Master Shipbuilders (about 400 feet away); Oyster Sloop Nellie (about 500 feet away); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (about 500 feet away); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mystic.
Regarding Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1993
Also see . . .
1. Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 4, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. L. A. Dunton (schooner) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 4, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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