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F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger Painting By Bill Dahlmer Hubbard

Thank you for publishing my painting of the Alice S. Wentworth.  I just finished a painting of F/V Superior, a Gloucester Dragger and I thought you might want to see it too.
My mother’s family were commercial fishermen.  They emigrated from Charlevoix, MI to in 1910 and helped begin the gillnet fishery in Gloucester with the Lafonds, Widermans, Tysvers, Arnolds, etc. Grandpa was Capt. John A. Dahlmer and he held an commercial license to operate ships in any waters and was a charter member of the Master Mariners Assn..  He operated steamers and fishing boats on the Great Lakes before moving to Gloucester.  Over the years, he owned all or a part of a number of Gloucester boats.  I have painted two of them.  My first painting was of his "Margared D", named for and christened by my mother in Dunkirk, NY in 1909.  Attached is another of grandpa’s boats, the "Superior" a 120′ western-rigged dragger launched in 1932.  Her keel was the last laid down by Arthur Story in his Essex yard. In 1934 they added a whaleback bow (the first seen in Gloucester) which is evidenced in the painting.  That raised fore-section offered better protection when the crew worked on deck in foul weather and it was a feature soon adopted by many Gloucester fishing vessels.
My painting shows "Superior" entering Gloucester Harbor.  She has passed Ten Pound Island, Rocky Neck and the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory and is turning in to dock at her berth at the Gloucester Machine Shop pier-now Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center.  The idea came from a photo of her taken in 1933 or 1934.  She operated our of Gloucester and Cape May, NJ as a seiner at times but, mostly as a western-rigged dragger and was a high-liner many years Redfishing. 
She was taken by the U.S. Navy in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor and grandfather was given $1 each year for her use. The Navy used her to transport gasoline, oil and supplies to weather stations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Greenland.  Returned by the Navy in 1945, she was sold after grandpa’s death.  When grandpa was not in the pilot house she was skippered by my uncles; the captains Ronald, Eber, Lawrence, John or George Dahlmer
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The Midnight Sun’s Dual Net Reels

Having Two Net Reels On The Stern of The Midnight Sun means that if they tear up the net on the bottom of the ocean by snaring it on some jagged rocks and tearing a hole right into the belly of the net, they only have to set back with the net on the other net reel and can continue fishing.  In the old days if a dragger “tore up” the net on their boat with a single net they would have to head for home and mend the net.

The Midnight Sun sure is a pretty boat.  She always looks majestic and the Testaverde’s keep her maintained well.

Here she is getting fuel at the State Fish Pier.




The Captain Novello

I took a little liberty with the editing to make it look like an old postcard. Didn’t add those seagulls in but to me they look too perfect and I wouldn’t blame someone for thinking that I did.  Love the way it came out.

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Early Morning Fishing On Gloucester’s Lady Jane Video From Frank Bealieau

 The Sunrise Amazing.   The crew works to clean fish as they have every day out fishing while mother nature puts on a spectacular show all around them.  There’s no audio but plenty to see.

We have two more videos from Frank which I’ll be posting over the next two days.

Welding Aboard The Princess Laura


The fisherman in the picture is welding the trawl doors.  The trawl doors separate the net as it travels through the water to provide the maximum spread.  The larger the mouth of the net, the more chance to catch fish.
Fishermen will tinker with the way the doors are weighted  to achieve the optimal spread.

Gloucester Dragger The Midnight Sun

Here is the Testaverde’s Midnight Sun tied up at The State Fish Pier.  Note the tarp over the net.  You’ll find out why you see draggers with their nets covered by tarps in an upcoming video clip.

Pictures From Matteo Russo’s Patriot

Usually when I photograph a boat I only post about a third of the pictures that I take.  I weed through and cull out the best shots.  There were a bunch from the Patriot that were left in the folder and never got posted so there will be a few more photos from different angles in the pilot house and engine room.

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