While all eyes--and cameras--were on the Charles W. Morgan Wednesday as she sailed into Martha's Vineyard, one of the ships that accompanied her deserves some attention on her own.

The Morgan's companion ship for her 38th voyage is the Roann, an eastern-rig dragger from Mystic Seaport. The Roann was built in 1947 by Newbert & Wallace Shipyard in Thomaston, Me for Roy P. Campbell of Vineyard Haven. Mr. Campbell's wife was named Annie, hence the name Roann.

The Roann, 60 feet in length, is one of the last surviving examples of the switch from sails and hooks to engines and nets. The Roann and others like her replaced sailing schooners and were able to catch much greater amounts of cod, haddock and flounder.

Mr. Campbell sailed the Roann in the waters around Martha's Vineyard, and owned her for about 14 years.

A Gazette article from August 18, 1953 tells the story of when Roann braved rough seas on the southeast corner of Georges Bank.

"With no warning, a giant sea rose on the beam, a corresponding trough yawning alongside, and the vessel rolling into it, falling on her beamends. In the next instant solid water swept over her, covering the entire hull, filling the pilot house, pouring down the fo'castle smokestack, and hurling the men around like dice shaken in a cup." The vessel righted herself and clearly sailed on.

The Roann went on to have other owners, and she ended up at Mystic Seaport in 1997. She underwent a $1.2 million restoration there.

A Vineyard Gazette article published August 18, 1953, tells the story of the Roann being rolled by a rogue wave on the southeast corner of Georges Bank.

“With no warning, a giant sea rose on the beam, a corresponding trough yawning alongside, and the vessel rolled into it, falling on her beamends. In the next instant solid water swept over her, covering the entire hull, filling the pilot house, pouring down the fo’castle smokestack and hurling the men around like dice shaken in a cup.”

- See more at: http://mvgazette.com/news/2008/05/22/island-dragger-roann-returns-sea?k=...

The Roann is docked in Tisbury Harbor near the Charles W. Morgan. Look for more information about her on the Gazette's website, and swing by the harbor to welcome her home.