The Banks dory, also known as the Grand Banks dory, is the most common variation of the family of boats known as dories. They were used as traditional fishing boats from the 1850s on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Banks dory is a small, open, narrow, flat-bottomed and slab-sided boat with a particularly narrow transom. They were inexpensive to build and could be stacked or nested inside each other and stored on the decks of larger fishing vessels which functioned as mother ships.
Banks dories have long overhangs at the bow and stern which helps them lift over waves. There were one-man and two-man versions. The larger ones (12 ft along the bottom or more) could be fitted with sails and a tiller. The dories became more stable in rough weather when they were loaded with about half a ton of catch.
... Dory – The dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, about long ... Banks dory – The Banks dory, also known as the Grand Banks dory, is the most common variation of the family of boats known as dories ... Cape Ann dory – The Cape Ann dory is a traditional fishing boat, a variant of the beach dory or Swampscott dory ...
... The rugged construction, affordability and ease of stowage made banks dories popular for work boats on large sailing vessels as well as steamships and motor vessels ... In recent times, the history and iconic look of banks dories have made them popular for amateur boat builders and some recreational boaters ...
... descriptions to go by, the early history of the dory is muddled at best ... John Gardner identifies the first pictorial representation of a dory to a 1497 painting by Albrecht Dürer ... The first known mention of a dory in detail was in 1719."Until about 1870, there are to be found no recorded dory lines, details, nor any list of particulars that would enable us to say ...
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