The schooner 'Bowdoin' at sea, 1934
In this at-sea shot, some of the schooner Bowdoin's gear can be seen on deck: an anchor and chain, as well as the three dories stacked against the schooner's port rail.
These were ready to be launched if needed for getting to shore, or to serve as lifeboats. Occasionally, the crew of the schooner that Donald B. MacMillan had built for Arctic exploration used a dory as a large bathtub!
In 1934, the Bowdoin sailed to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador, and Baffin Island on a three-month expedition to study bird life and plants.