The North American schooner "Bertha L. Downs" was one of many large
four-, five- and six-masted schooners which were built on the banks
of the Kennebeck River at the end of the 19th and the beginning of
the 20th centuries. These huge wooden vessels were almost
universally employed in the coastal trade and the principal part of
this was coal from Virginia to New England.;She was launched in
1908 and, after some ten years in the lumber and coal trade, was
sold to Danish owners and renamed "Atlas". Like a number of her
contemporaries she was able to make a profitable living through the
1920s and 30s. She was finally broken up in Germany after 42 years
of work under five flags.;This is the first volume in the "Anatomy
of the Ship" series to describe a large coastal trading vessel - a
ship type which holds a particular romance for ship modellers and
those interested in the last days of sail.
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