At the Maine Maritime Museum waterfront, September 2013
|Owner:||F. Homer Zwicker (1942–1968)
George McEnvoy (1968–2014)
Maritime Foundation (2014-)
|Builder:||Smith and Rhuland|
|Length:||142 ft (43 m)|
|Propulsion:||320 bhp (240 kW) diesel engine|
The Sherman Zwicker is a wooden auxiliary fishing schooner built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland shipyard, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Influenced by the design of the famous Bluenose, the Sherman Zwicker was built to fish the Grand Banks. The schooner was built for F. Homer Zwicker of Zwicker and Co.
The Sherman Zwicker is a 142 feet (43 m) wooden auxiliary fishing schooner. She was designed with a schooner hull similar to her famous sister ship Bluenose, but with a 320 brake horsepower (240 kW) diesel engine installed from the beginning. Both the Sherman Zwicker and Bluenose were built at the same shipyard. The Sherman Zwicker does not have topmasts or a bowsprit. She was built strictly as a working fishing vessel and did not race like the Bluenose.
Owned by Zwicker and Co., the Sherman Zwicker was built to fish the Grand Banks from dories from the ports of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. When it became too difficult to fill all 11 dories with crew, she fished from the port of Glovertown, Newfoundland (1959–1968). In 1959 she fished eight dories with a crew of 18, all from Newfoundland. Before ice and refrigeration were available, in order to preserve the fish they caught these schooners would salt their fish. In the 1950s and 1960s fishing trawlers were being built and became more lucrative. The number of Grand Banks schooners greatly declined from approximately a hundred to only fifteen still fishing. In 1963 the political upheaval in Haiti cut off one of the main salt fish markets and this left a huge decrease in the sales for salt fish.
The Sherman Zwicker was then sold to George McEnvoy of Maine in 1968. His plan was to restore her to her original condition. Today, she is a fully operational traveling museum that visits the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, regularly. She frequently participates in tall ship festivities along the Eastern Seaboard and continues to visit her original home port in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. She is the only Grand Banks fishing vessel that is still operational and seaworthy today.
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- "Smith & Rhuland, Lunenburg NS". Canadian Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders. Shipbuilding History. 12 November 2012.