This beautifully hand-crafted miniature skiff is a reminder of the
days before fiberglass, when the pride of boat builders was evident
in the small dinghies and skiffs that did the yacht tending and other
tasks along the coast. The flat-bottomed skiff was more practical
for beaching than the fancier round bottom crafts. With its flaring
sides and slightly rocketed bottom, the full sized boat rowed easily
and towed with a minimum fuss.
Peterboro Canoes were the classic canoe, built in
the glory days of canoe building at the turn of the century in Peterborough,
Ontario. They brought the delight of canoeing to the public, and also
the famous…1948 a Peterboro Canoe was presented to Queen Elizabeth
as a wedding gift, and Teddy Roosevelt took a Peterboro Canoe down
the Amazon River in Brazil. They have been paddled in every corner
of the globe.
Peapods, which evolved as Maine workboats are believed
to have appeared first about 1880. They were commonly used for lobstering,
clamming and waterfront work where a larger boat could not go. Peapods,
even heavily loaded, were extremely seaworthy and are comfortable
in conditions that would make others in boats wish they were ashore.
So stable, a fisherman could row standing up or put a foot on the
gunwale to haul in a lobster pot.
This fine model is indicative of the crabbing skiffs
that were used in the bays up and down the East coast from Cape Code
to Maryland in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The
flat bottom was characteristic of a crabbing sailor design with a
retractable centerboard and shallow draft, ideal for coastal waters.
Its basic design made it possible for a single sailor to operate.
This is a larger scale model of the Amesbury Skiff
featured above, measuring 20” for impressive display. The Amesbury
Skiff was built along the North Shore of Massachusetts about 100 years
ago. Thousands were made of this world famous design for Grand Bank
schooners, the Army and Navy and pleasure boaters. It’s extremely
sturdy and rowable, as it would not capsize in the roughest of seas.
A wherry (meaning “boat”) was traditionally
used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England.
The Lincolnville Wherry was later developed for Atlantic salmon fishing
in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. It is ideally suited
for working in surf on and off shore. Wherry’s were never moored;
their lapstreak planking enabled the craft to stand upright when beached,
making launching easy and protecting the planking from abrasion.