"Some captains, on a run of fish, couldn't help themselves from loading their ship down until her decks were almost underwater. This was called deep-loading, and such a ship was in extreme peril if the weather turned ugly. The trip home took a couple of weeks, and the fish would compress under its own weight and squeeze all the excess fluid out of the flesh. The crew pumped the water over the sides, and the deep-loaded Grand Bankers would gradually emerge from the sea as they sailed for port."
—Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 23