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Subject: Re: Barking well-smack
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 14:50:30 EDT
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The wet well was a sealed area of the boat which open to the sea by means of
holes bored through the planking below the waterline. Being full of seawater,
the cod were kept alive until the crew were able to land the their catch at
Barking Creek. This being the furthest into the Thames that the bawleys could
keep their fish as the river above Barking was too brackish, a mixture of
salt and fresh water.
ENGLISH WELL SMACK by John Clarke RCA c. 1768 scale 1:12 52" l x 23" H
Note the date - 1768
> Sectional plan of well-smack employed in the fresh halibut fishery As used
> on George's Bank 1836 to 1845 Drawing by Capt. J.W. Collins
Smacks were small sailing vessels with a tank inside the boat that had
holes drilled into it to allow sea water to circulate. The smacks were used
to transport live lobsters over long distances.
Shows only surviving well-smack "Pioneer"
New England well-smacks