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1938 no-nonsense classroom film New England Fishermen shows Gloucester, schooner, steam, and diesel trawlers

At the dawn of talkies, ERPI (Electrical Research Products Inc) sought to “bring the world to the classrooms” via 16mm A/V equipment and a catalog of films. ERPI was a subsidiary of AT&T and a forerunner of Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

They produced GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN (under 9 min) in 1938 with backing from Clark University. The film’s narrator was James Brill. There was also a 1938 film titled Shell-Fishing. 

from the A/V Geeks archive youtube channel

1938 ERPI film

Here’s James Brill narrating and before the camera in the 1946 film: FROM DEMOCRACY TO DESPOTISM, 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

Trawler Felicia, Saint Peter’s Fiesta, circa 1950

F/V Felicia is in the foreground (left) tied up and decorated for Saint Peter's Fiesta, as are many other fishing vessels in the background. Sailors, dressed in their whites, sit on the pier next to Felicia.

F/V Felicia is in the foreground (left) tied up and decorated for Saint Peter’s Fiesta, as are many other fishing vessels in the background. Sailors, dressed in their whites, sit on the pier next to Felicia.

Fisherman Truck Series- Sal Sans

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.

Sal Sanfilippos Janaya and Joseph

Sal Sanfilippo's Janaya and Joseph

Sal Sanfilippos Janaya and Joseph

Sal Sanfilippo's Janaya and Joseph

Beautiful Industry Pamet Winch

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.

Beautiful Industry Pamet Winch, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

By Comparison The Winch Below Was Aboard The Vincie N


Mike Leary and Joe (Stoga) Scola Aboard The Dragger Pamet

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?”

Dragger Pamet Door

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.

Dragger Pamet Door, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Wire Fishing Cable Used To Tow Nets

The cable wire is actually a bunch of smaller wires braided together to give it incredible strength.  There’s something beautiful about this stuff up close that I never see as beautiful when it’s just sitting around the dock.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine

This is the view looking down at The Patriot Engine.  Matteo runs a GM in The Patriot and GM engines are usually painted green.  Matteo painted his red because this particular model of GM engine is called a Screamin’ Demon.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Engine, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Bow

Matteo Russo took me for a tour of his dragger The Patriot.  Nice boat, and very clean, it is built like a tank.

You can tell a lot about a boat’s owner by how well it’s engine room is maintained.  Matteo’s Patriot engine room is spotless, much like Clark Sandler’s Sea Farmer II,  Cape Seafood’s Boats and The Western Venture.

Matteo Russo’s Patriot Bow, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

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