Today the Sherman Zwicker sails the Atlantic waters of the Northeastern United States and Canada to ports such as Lunenburg and Halifax, Nova Scotia, various ports along the south coast of Newfoundland and American ports such as Boston, New York and her home port of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
This is all accomplished with the incredible support of volunteers taking the vessel to sea to visit coastal events and encourage the understanding of our maritime fishing heritage.
Our volunteer crew take watches, work in the galley, assist in the engine room and greet visitors when in port.
The SHERMAN ZWICKER is a wooden, auxiliary fishing schooner,
built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard, Lunenburg, Nova
Scotia. The vessel was among the last of her type to be built.
She is a slightly modified traditional Banks schooner design with
a large marine diesel engine fitted as a prime mover. The hull
and lower mast rig owe more to the sailing era than to contemporary
powered fishing vessel design.
Vessels of her type were used in the Grand Banks dory fisheries out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and other ports until the mid-sixties; the SHERMAN ZWICKER made her last trip to the Banks in the early sixties. As a museum the schooner represents scores of sister vessels which sailed to the Banks in the salt fish trade. The SHERMAN ZWICKER represents, in a meaningful manner, the fishermen and their trade.
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