Pinky Schooners were a common type of fishing vessel that sailed out of Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. In 1839, there were 64 registered out of the Gloucester district. Pinkies were generally smaller vessels from which men fished over the side but were known for their weatherlyness and seaworthiness. These vessels were so distinctive and common that a careful study of many marine paintings from the era will have a Pinky or two in the background if they are not featured elsewhere in the painting. Many or the paintings of the famous artist Fitz Henry Lane housed in the Cape Ann Historical Museum have Pinkies in them.
It is believed that the Pinkies developed from Chebacco boats and a good many of them were built at Essex. These vessels were built to a very high standard and some lasted a very long time. The original MAINE was built in 1845 and sailed until 1926. The ARDELLE is a typical full-rigged clipper Pinky and her design is largely based on the original MAINE.
Pinky schooners are an ideal vessel for fishing out of Cape Ann and the ARDELLE is the perfect platform for taking students, artists and rusticators of all types on sailing trips out of Gloucester.
The ARDELLE’s Metrics
LENGTH ON THE RAIL———————————————–55 FEET
LENGTH OF THE RIG————————————————67 FEET
AIR DRAFT—————————————————————-61 FEET
SAIL AREA————————————————————-1100 FEET
CREW FOR LESS THAN 20 PASSENGERS——————————–2
CREW FOR MORE THAN TWENTY PASSENGERS——————–3
AUXILARY POWER——-WESTERBEAK DEISL 52 HORS POWER