La Revenante is a replica "pinky" schooner, built in Massachusetts in the 1960s. It is a close replica of the Massachusetts pinky Sally of 1762 which served as James Cook's survey vessel on the coast of Newfoundland, 1763-1767. La Revenante is armed with swivels and deck guns, and carries a standard schooner sail plan, with fore and main brailing up to the gaffs and masts.
Pinky schooners were a common type of New England fishing vessel that sailed out of local Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. In 1839, there were 64 registered pinky schooners out of the Cape Ann and its district. Pinkies were generally smaller vessels from which men fished over the side but they were also known for their seaworthiness. These vessels were so distinctive in their look and common that a careful study of many marine paintings from the era will have a pinky or two in the background. Many of the paintings of the internationally renowned artist Fitz Henry Lane, including those in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. usually have pinkies in the background of the painting. "Pinky" means that the stern is "pinked" or pinched together which indicates a pointed stern and may originally be a Dutch word.
It is believed that the pinkies developed from Chebacco boats. 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.
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