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Duck Trap was the center of the Atlantic Salmon fishery, and we’ve been gathering information on the salmon wherries and their builders for nearly four decades. In the process, we've also built more of them than any of the old wherry builders here at Ducktrap. Ranging from the Littlest Wherry cradle boat all the way up to the ketch-rigged Newfoundland Trap Skiff, these boats with their plank keels and champagne-glass shaped transoms are a joy to behold.

The book is arranged chronologically, and their story begins in 16th century England. It continues on this side of the Atlantic with the local builders of the 19th and 20th centuries, and on to the latest designs to emerge from our shop, the Duck Trap Wherry and the Christmas Wherry. Period photos are black and white; all others are in full color.

256 8.5” x 11” pages with142 photos & illustrations, indexed and comb bound

Here are some photos from the first chapter...



Salmon fisherman Osborne Wade and his 15' Alexander-built Wherry


Two nice salmon, ca. 1935

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Ancestry: Family Tree and the Fishery
What is a Wherry?
The Duck Trap Salmon Fishery
Chapter 2 The Salmon Wherries
John R. Griffin Lincolnville Salmon Wherry
Stimp Rhodes' Wherry
The Howe Point Wherries
Chapter 3 The Newfoundland Trap Skiff Family
Newfoundland Trap Skiff
The Duck Trap Wherry
Christmas Wherry
Littlest Wherry
Chapter 4 Boatbuilding
The Backbone: Plank Keel, Stem & Transom
Planking a Wherry
Making Good Oars from so-so Stock
Chapter 5 Epilogue: Is a Wherry Right for You?

If you are interested in wherries and how they arrived at this point in time, if you are curious about the working boats as well as the ones still being built today, or if you are even vaguely considering building a wherry of your own, this book was written for you.

Perhaps this wherry comparison chart from the book will answer some of your questions...


Wherries is also available in CD format (Same info, lower price, much lower shipping charge).

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