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Old Aug 09, 2013, 06:10 AM
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Bunker boat cabin interior design drawings

Guy's, Found these a while back at the Maine Historical Society and thought they may come in handy some day.
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 09:29 AM
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Dude! How much more is there? Lines?

Seems a lot of this info is hard to come by, even Steve Roger's book:
http://www.amazon.com/Model-Boat-Bui.../dp/0764310704

...points to a lack of documented plans.
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 11:10 AM
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What does the whole ship look like? What did a bunker boat haul? Pete
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 11:18 AM
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"Bunker" = Menhaden... nasty bony little fishies, bad for eating, great for omega-3 and fertilizer. See the book link.
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 11:47 AM
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They are an east coast purse seiner. and look like this:

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Old Aug 09, 2013, 12:51 PM
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And a full catch looks like this, the boat will not be clean!

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Old Aug 09, 2013, 02:43 PM
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They are an east coast purse seiner. and look like this:

That's a great looking model. Source?

The Bunker boats carried large boats on top of the aft cabin that went out and caught Menhaden and brought them back to the 'Mother Ship', so she was much like a 'factory ship' except they did not process the catch.

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Old Aug 09, 2013, 03:08 PM
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Not quite on top of the aft cabin- they hung from davits over the sides. The two boats handled the purse seine, concentrating or "hardening" the catch by closing the net and drawing the purse closed.
The steamer would sidle up to the net, and scoop up the catch. Later days saw motorized boats and suction pumps for picking up the catch.

When the Menhaden were more plentiful, the steamers could go out and come back in the same (long) day. The decimation of the fish population by fleets of these steamers is of course controversial:

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Same thing happened to mullet around here. Snook too. The state put in limits and no netting so both are coming back pretty fast. Put a lot of fishermen out of business but they were putting themselves out of business anyway. Pete
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And it can all be summed up by one question. but I won't ask it.
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 04:20 PM
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Why not?
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Old Aug 09, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Aero doesn't want to go into it, he's a gentleman that way---.
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That's a great looking model. Source? ....
Pete G.,

I got that pic from this auction site. There is a Bunker Boat on auction.

It looks very much like the boat in Steve Roger's book "The Menhaden Steamer". There is a lines plan in the book, and he explains the construction methods and detailing of the model as well.

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Old Aug 10, 2013, 06:08 AM
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Gee, You know I don't recall if there were lines plans but I will make an inquiry and report back.
I do know this vessel was built at the in South Portland and the plant was built by the Portland Company.
Here is some images of a book I picked up a while back.
Some neat stuff in it.
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