Dictionary of Ichthyology  

dory = a small, flat-bottomed and open rowboat often used in trolling and jigging. In Atlantic Canada, these 15 foot boats could be stacked on the deck of  schooner and easily lowered over the side when the fishing grounds were reached. Two men fished from a dory, which could hold their gear, the catch and some food and water. A small sail could be raised. They were replaced by automated trawls in the 1960s but are still used inshore and as tenders.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Photograph by Brian W. Coad.

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