OHS Education Display: Fishing Tools!

Thank you to Mrs. Dunne's Class, who is studying ancient civilizations including tools. You gave us the idea for this display.

Dear Students & Parents,

An Egyptian fisherman of about 2000 BC used a rod and line, with nets. Chinese, of about 4th century BC made a bamboo rod, silk line, hook from a needle, and cooked rice as bait. Fishing is also traced to ancient Greek, Roman, Assyrian and Jewish writings. 

With the coming of metals, a hook was one of the first tools ever made. The idea of attaching a hand line made of animal or vegetable material, to a stick or tree branch, made it possible to fish from the shore. 

Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, netting, raking, spearing, angling, and trapping. Long Island Sound has historically had much fishing, including oysters, lobsters, scallops, blue crabs, flounder, striped bass, bluefish and clams. 

Edwin Peter Brown son of an Oysterponds farmer, loved fishing and in 1932 became a mate on a coastal schooner. He kept a journal. "Very moderate weather today....we caught a barrel of little fish so frightened by larger fish that we scooped them up with our hats and hands, had some for supper and salted the rest."

1. What inspires people to invent tools?
2. Why are tools so fascinating?
3. Study the display case. What fishing tools have been improved? It's called innovation.
4. Can you think of an innovation for a water related tool?