Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Western-Rig Dragger Florence
Franklin G. Post
Length: 39’ 6 1/8”
Beam: 12’ 10 ½”
Depth: 5’ 1 ½”
Florence and Roann represent the net form of fishing that replaced the hook-and-line methods used by vessels like the schooner L.A. Dunton. Typical of southern New England Florence is a “western-rig dragger,” with a small pilothouse forward; a large working deck aft; a small varnished cabin with simple berths and a small Shipmate stove alongside the engine; and a fish hold where the catch was stored in barrels.
In summer, Florence was rigged to harpoon swordfish off Block Island (see photo). In winter, she dragged an otter trawl fishnet across the ocean bottom to catch flounder, cod, and haddock. She generally worked off Montauk Point, the back of Long Island, Block Island, and Watch Hill, Rhode Island, with a crew of two or three.
Restored to her original specifications by the Museum’s shipwrights and riggers, Florence is a rare example of the many similar fishing boats built nearby on the Mystic River in the 1920s and 1930s. Her original engine, a 65-horsepower, 6-cylinder Lathrop Standard Model T-Head, was also built locally.
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. Touch 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. Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (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); Propeller Steamer Sabino (within shouting distance of this marker); Master Shipbuilders (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harbor Tugboat Kingston II (about 400 feet away); Live Oak Log (about 400 feet away); Compound Steam Engine (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.