The Museum is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the launch of the L.A. Dunton, one of the few remaining vessels of her type in the country. Sailing schooners fished the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Georges Bank outside of Cape Cod. They were some of the fastest and ablest fishing vessels in the world.
Designed by Thomas F. McManus, the L.A. Dunton was built by Arthur D. Story and launched from his well-known yard at Essex, Mass., on March 23, 1921. Built after auxiliary gasoline power had become common in schooners, the Dunton was probably the last large engine-less fishing schooner.