Here are some smaller vessels that evoke the province and our history. If anyone has other boats that do the same for them, I'd like to hear about it:
- Dory: The defining boat for Newfoundland, and a staple of both the inshore fishery and the Grand Banks schooner fishery. It is supposed to be impossible for a born Newfoundlander to be thrown out of a dory in any weather. I've never been in one, but someday I'll find out. I've never (accidentally) tipped a canoe or seagoing kayak…
- Trap Skiff: These were developed for the inshore fishery in the late 19th century after the development of cod traps. They were initially under sail, but quickly switched over to engines, mainly "make and break" two-stroke gasoline engines. I can remember the sound of these engines as the boats would leave the harbour. It was a quiet and mild put-put-put….that drifted across the water. They were still being used in some of the boats in the late 1960's, although many were switching to diesels (actually they didn't sound that different). My dad was a mechanic and would help people in Petty Harbour, Bay Bulls and down to Cape Broyle, usually in exchange for fish or a returned favour.
- Rodney: my favourite small open boat. Ususally less than 14 feet long. They used to be common on the Southern Shore. They were all-purpose small boats, and often helped the trap skiffs when hauling the traps.
- Gander River Boat: really long and narrow, and unique.