By Basil Greenhill

The North American schooner "Bertha L. Downs" was once one of the huge four-, 5- and six-masted schooners which have been outfitted at the banks of the Kennebeck River on the finish of the nineteenth and the start of the twentieth centuries. those large wood vessels have been virtually universally hired within the coastal exchange and the primary a part of this was once coal from Virginia to New England. She used to be introduced in 1908 and, after a few ten years within the lumber and coal alternate, used to be bought to Danish proprietors and renamed "Atlas". Like a couple of her contemporaries she used to be in a position to make a ecocnomic residing in the course of the Twenties and 30s. She was once ultimately damaged up in Germany after forty two years of labor less than 5 flags. this can be the 1st quantity within the "Anatomy of the send" sequence to explain a wide coastal buying and selling vessel - a boat kind which holds a specific romance for send modellers and people drawn to the final days of sail.

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