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Photo of two men with dory on sand with ocean, large rocks, and bathers in background
Howard Perkins and his son with their traditional dory, Miss Kiawanda, on July 18, 1999. In the background is Haystack Rock, a popular launching site for dories.

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Pacific City Dorying Traditions
A Local Legacy

In Pacific City, Oregon, people love to go to Cape Kiwanda to watch the dories. Have you ever seen a dory?

A dory is a flat-bottomed boat, pointed at both the bow (front) and stern (back) so that it can easily ride the waves. Fishermen first used dories in New England in the early 1800s. Eventually, fishermen along the Oregon coast began to use dories, too. Traditionally, dories were powered by fishermen, who rowed the boat with long oars. Large fishing ships used to stack dories several boats high on their decks and when they arrived at a fishing spot, they would send two to four men out in each dory to catch fish.

Today, many dories have gasoline-powered motors for speed. Each year in July dory fishermen from the Pacific City area bring out their dories for a festival called Dory Days. People eat fried fish and watch the dories, old and new, as they race on Cape Kiwanda.

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