Tag Archives: Dragger
Yesterday morning after filming the sunrise at Good Harbor I headed over to the harbor to film the Gloucester fleet’s comings and goings. The Theresa & Allyson was bound for port and what a beauty! She is a stern trawler, a type of dragger. You can read more about her owner, Allyson Jordan, and the boats origins here: Eat Local Fish. Also, found on the website is a concise history of New England ground fishing.
While filming, I am also photographing and plan to make more posts about our Gloucester fishing boats. I am not knowledgeable about ships and boats, but am very interested to learn, and love photographing them because they are beautiful. If I make an error in description or caption, please let me know. I would really appreciate your help–thank you!
June 5, 2013
Last of city’s iconic trawlers put to rest
By James Niedzinski Staff Writer
and photos from our Paul Frontiero-
The Gloucester Fleet
The “Miss Trish II“
The Infamous One Found this courtesy the Archives At The Cape Ann Museum. It was listed in The Atlantic Fisherman, April,1941
As I’ve said at least a hundred times now, if you haven’t gone to the Cape Ann Museum whether you’re a resident or Gloucester lover who visits you are missing out on a literal TREASURE TROVE OF GLOUCESTER LOVER ARTIFACTS. You probably drive past the Cape Ann Museum a dozen times a week.
Trust me head downstairs once you get there and ask for The Infamous Fred Buck. Ask him about a piece of old Gloucester you are interested in. I bet you dollars to donuts he digs something up for you!
Ben Curcuru was our Great Grandfather and the man my father Benjamin Liborio (Libby) Ciaramitaro was named after. Pictured are Benny Curcuru(great Grandfather to a ton of cousins in Gloucester and our Great Grandmother Josephine.
Here is a dragger’s net spread out so that it can be worked on. The orange balls act as floats at the top of the net as it gets towed through the water the boyancy of the orange balls keep the opening of the net as wide as possible to catch the most fish efficiently. Along the bottom you see the rubber rollers which make up the bottom part of the net as it gets towed behind the boat.
More Gloucester Fishing Vessels
Fishing Industry Innovation
Sal owns the Janaya and Joseph. He likes his fishing bumper stickers, that’s for sure. Sal’s also a pretty laid back cat. Always in a good mood when he stops by to say hi.
Here is one of the winches that haul the trawl doors in on the Dragger Pamet. This winch is manufactured by Hawboldt Industries in Chester Nova Scotia, Canada. What is interesting and makes for a great winch is the galvanized steel that holds up well to the salt water as opposed to the old metal winches which wouldn’t hold up nearly as well to the salt water conditions that these winches operate in.
Here is Joe (Stoga) Scola and Mike Leary, owner of the Dragger Pamet.
Peter Prybot had an interesting column in the Gloucester Daily Times featuring Stoga and Mike in the paper this weekend. Click this text for that article.
Look for an upcoming video featuring Stoga in which he gives us insight into the often heard but rarely understood saying on the VHF radio- “Who Killed The Bird?”
This is one door out of a set of two which separate the net when it is set off of the stern of the trawler(dragger). The chains you see are attached to the cable wire which is released from the winch. Then the net is attached to the doors to get the spread needed to maximize the area of open net and snare as much fish as possible.