Emma C. Berry (sloop)

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U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark
Location: Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°21′35.22″N 71°57′59.56″W / 41.3597833°N 71.9665444°W / 41.3597833; -71.9665444Coordinates: 41°21′35.22″N 71°57′59.56″W / 41.3597833°N 71.9665444°W / 41.3597833; -71.9665444
Built/Founded: 1866
Architect: James A. Latham
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: October 12, 1994[1]
Designated NHL: October 12, 1994[2]
NRHP Reference#: 94001649
General characteristics
Propulsion: Sail
Sail plan: Noank smack

Emma C. Berry is a fishing sloop located at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, United States, and one of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America.[3] It is the last known surviving American well smack. This type of boat is also termed a sloop smack or Noank smack. The Berry was built in 1866 at the Palmer Shipyards in Noank, Connecticut by James A. Latham. Well smacks were designed to keep the catch alive in an internal water-filled compartment known as a wet well. Seawater circulated through large holes in the bottom planking. The Noank design was imitated in other regions of the United States, but well smacks had appeared in England previously in about 1775.[4][5]

The boat was named for the Captain John Henry Berry's daughter.[3] In 1886 the Emma C. Berry was rigged as a schooner then in 1916 a gasoline engine was added. It was restored in 1931 to its original condition. The Berry was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.[2][4]

See also


  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://www.nr.nps.gov/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "EMMA C. BERRY (Sloop)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=2188&ResourceType=Structure. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Emma C. Berry at Mystic Seaport
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nancy d'Estang (February 9, 1994). National Historic Landmark Nomination: Emma C. BerryPDF (288 KB). National Park Service. . Accompanying 5 photos, from 1868, c.1890, c.1920s, 1988, and 1992.PDF (804 KB)
  5. March, E J (1970) Sailing trawlers;: The story of deep-sea fishing with long line and trawl. David & Charles. ISBN 978-0877420040

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