The 16′ white skiff sailing among her big ocean-going schooner sisters in the Parade of Sails on Sunday was the latest addition to the Gloucester’s fleet of wooden watercraft. The boat is named the TRIBUTE II Rocky Neck (pun on II – 2 completely intended). She is a Montgomery Fish Boat from the chine down, my own lapstraked lines above. The rig is a pre-1960s Fish Boat rig. She is made of various eucalyptus (mahogany, red grandis, cumuru) and white oak, all solid, scarf jointed boards, no plywood.
I know she is just a drop in the bucket compared to the other grand vessels cutting through the harbor yesterday however, though it’s a big name for a little boat, the gesture of building this classic boat in the spirit and celebration of Gloucester boatbuilding heritage is one that all of us in Gloucester can appreciate.
Thanks to Joey for spreading the word.
She is at the dock behind my parent’s gallery on Rocky Neck, if anyone wants to see her up close, or just watch over Gloucester waters when the wind is up, you’ll surely see her chasing her big sisters out on the horizon…