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Charlotte

Overview

The storyline of the trap boat "Charlotte" is, essentially, the history of trap boat fishing in Provincetown as seen through the entity of a single trap boat, the trajectory of its working life and, eventually, its brief resurrection and then permanent demise. Trap boat fishing was an environmentally sound concept and had its origins in the methods used for snaring and netting a catch of fish as devised by the indigenous American Indian who successfully fished Cape Cod's waters long before the white man followed in his footsteps. Using a stationary net with complicated arrangements for loading and then capturing whole schools of fish in significant numbers, it did not depend on methods of disturbing the bottom of fishing grounds nor on long trips offshore to coastal shelves where certain species congregate. In their heyday, trap boats hauled fish out of the traps by the thousands of pounds and the durable and sturdy trap boats, loaded to the gunnels with their catch, delivered them to the ice houses which cut and prepared and froze the catch for delivery to the markets. Furthermore, trap boat fishing constituted a healthy way of life and allowed the fisherman to follow a reasonable daily schedule: whereas, dragging for fish often provoked a taxing encounter with nature and sometimes a very deleterious one for both man and the environment upon which he depended for a living. [More...]

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  • Informational Paper About Restoration of Trap Boat Charlotte
    Informational paper written by Josephine Del Deo describing the history of the rescue of the...
    Collection: Charlotte
    Format: Text
    Subjects: Atlantic Fisherman, Boats and boating, Cold Storages, Commercial Street (Provincetown, Mass.), Fish trade--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fish trapping, Fisheries--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History, Fishing boats--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fishing villages--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Harbors--Provincetown--Mass, Historical museums--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Industries, Museums--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Provincetown (Mass.)--History--20th century, Provincetown Heritage Museum, Weirs, Del Deo, Josephine
  • Trap Boat Charlotte Restoration
    Article from The Register by Ellis Morris in column "From the Morris Chair" entitled...
    Collection: Charlotte
    Format: Text
    Subjects: Archaeology, Barnstable County (Mass.) History, Boats and boating, Cape Cod (Mass.) History, Fish trade--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fish trapping, Fisheries--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History, Fishing, Fishing boats--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Industries, Provincetown (Mass.)--History--20th century, Weirs
  • Letter from Historic District Study Committee to the Coast Guard
    Copy of a letter written to Captain L.M. Scherer of the U.S. Coast Guard of Boston from Josephine...
    Collection: Charlotte
    Format: Newsprint
    Subjects: Atlantic Fisherman, Cold Storages, Commercial Street (Provincetown, Mass.), Fish trade--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fish trapping, Fisheries--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History, Fishers--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fishing villages--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Harbors--Provincetown--Mass, Historic Districts--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Historic buildings--Massachusetts-Provincetown, Provincetown (Mass.)--History--20th century, Weirs, West End (Provincetown, Mass.), Wharfs
  • Trapboat Charlotte Archive
    Installation ceremony participants at Provincetown Herigage Museum, June 23, 1979. Left to right:...
    Collection: Charlotte
    Format: Photo
    Subjects: Boats and boating, Cape Cod (Mass.) History, Fish trapping, Fisheries--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History, Fishermen, Provincetown (Mass.)--History--20th century, Provincetown Heritage Museum, Weirs
  • Photographs Trap Scow/ Louis Cordeiro
    1975 photograph of Louis Cordeiro's trap scow in Provincetown Harbor, which was used for setting...
    Collection: Charlotte
    Format: Photo
    Subjects: Atlantic Fisherman, Fish trade--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fish trapping, Fisheries--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History, Fishermen, Fishers--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Fishing, Fishing boats--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Harbors--Provincetown--Mass, Historical museums--Massachusetts--Provincetown, Industries, Provincetown (Mass.)--History--20th century, Provincetown Heritage Museum, Waterfronts, Weirs
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