Report on the Construction and Equipment of the Schooner Grampus.
Government Printing Office, ( 1890), Washington DC
8vo, 23.5 cm. pp. 437 - 490. b/w plates and line ills. in text.
This is an offprint from the “Annual Report of the Commissioner of Fish And Fisheries for 1887.” The “Grampus” was a two-masted schooner, 90 feet loa, launched in 1886. She resembled a fishing schooner but she incorporated several design innovations from the old clipper bow type, designed to make her safer. Some of these were adopted by the fleet, and her model is said to have inspired Kiplings fishing schooner in “Captains Courageous.” She was home-ported for a time in Gloucester, Mass. Collins was an important man in the U.,S. Fishery Commission, contributing dozens of articles – including a short biography of the Gloucester hero Howard Blackburn – over a period of three decades of his employment. He was also an experienced seaman, and captained the “Grampus” during the experiments described in this work, “testing the practicability of using a beam-trawl in American waters in a commercial way.” The 18 full-page plates include designs for the vessel and sails, interior views, and diagrams of trawling apparatus. Covers worn, title page and first plate waterstained. Good condition overall, and scarce. With Collins’s complimentary card bound in.