Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann
Newbert & Wallace
60í 1” Length
Beam 16í 9”
Roann may appear “modern” compared to the Museumís fishing schooner L.A. Dunton, but she is now “older” than the Dunton was when she arrived here in 1963.
Roann worked the New England waters for 50 years and was one of the last surviving examples of the efficient offshore fishing boats that replaced sailing schooners like the L.A. Dunton. Roann represented a revolutionary advance in technology – powered as she was by a diesel engine rather than sails. And by dragging a huge conical net called an “otter trawl” along the sea bed, her crew of three to five men could catch more flounder and cod than a dozen of the Duntonís dorymen with their hooks and line.
Roann is called an “eastern-rig dragger” because she hails her catch in over the side of the vessel, not over the stern as the “western-rig draggers” like the Museumís Florence did. Today, eastern-rig draggers like Roann have been replaced by larger steel-hulled stern trawlers which use net reels and stern ramps to fish more safely and productively.
These photos were taken May 29, 1997, during Roannís last fishing trip, by the Mystic Seaport Photography
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.627′ N, 71° 57.886′ 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. Propeller Steamer Sabino (a few steps from this marker); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (within shouting distance of this marker); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (within shouting distance of this marker); Oyster Sloop Nellie (within shouting distance of this marker); Harbor Tugboat Kingston II (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Live Oak Log (about 300 feet away); Compound Steam Engine (about 300 feet away); Wichmann Semi-Diesel Engine (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mystic.
Also see . . . Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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