The Cerna, a Romanian factory stern trawler docked at St. John's, post-1976
The Cerna, post-1976

A Romanian factory stern trawler docked at St. John's. Fishers on board stern trawlers lowered large cone-shaped nets, known as trawls, over the vessel's rear (or stern). Two large doors kept the mouth of the net open while the vessel dragged it through the water to catch fish. Once the net was filled, fishers hauled it back on board using a roller or net reel. Newfoundland and Labrador fishers began using stern trawlers in the 1960s.

Photo by Harry Stone. Reproduced by the permission of the Maritime History Archive (PF-001.1-L13b), Memorial University, St. John's, NL.
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