Building a Better Boat

Building a Better Boat

Building a Better Boat

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The definitive history of the Cape Island–type longliner, a vessel unique to Nova Scotia that helped save its coastal fishery from collapse.

During the first half of the twentieth century, economic recession, a lack of government support, and the incursion of large draggers on coastal fishing grounds meant many inshore fishing communities were facing poverty and starvation. The formation of fishers’ cooperatives started a movement toward recovery, and the introduction of the internal combustion engine along with the development of a new medium-sized fishing vessel equipped with mechanical haulers meant groundfishers who had previously employed handlines from small boats with a single hook could now haul multiple trawl lines from a single vessel.

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