Nets drying at the Gut, South Bristol, ca. 1920Item 79582 info
South Bristol Historical Society
South Bristol boatbuilders capitalized on this situation by building many of the specialized sailboats and large steamboats used to catch menhaden.
At the same time, the dried codfish trade favored by smaller independent Maine fishermen was being replaced by a demand for fresh fish, a trend that kept A& M Gamage busy building strong fishing vessels for the large fleets operating out of Boothbay, Portland, and even Gloucester, Massachusetts.