Crab boats of yester year

In the 50s-60s I saw crab and oyster boats which had an outboard mounted in a well just aft of the center of the boat. I assume these were locally built but don't  know that.

Were the constructed this way to allow a single operator to handle the boat while pulling traps and it nor why constructed in this fashion. Also, are they still in use today?

Finally anyone have pictures of such craft?

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