The WILLIAM UNDERWOOD is a sardine carrier, built in 1941 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, at the Simms Brothers yard. She was built for the William Underwood Co., a leading manufacturer of canned goods in Boston.
The Underwood carried sardines and herring from the weirs and nets where they were caught along the coast of Maine to the Underwood packing plant in Jonesport. The plant originally opened in the late 1800s for packing clams and sardines.
Boats like the William Underwood are now considered excellent workboats to convert into yachts because of their attractive lines, speed and maneuverability. Yard owner Taylor Allen plans to use the Underwood as a cruising boat for his family.