Boat Model, Au Sable Angler’s Skiff

This model represents a skiff, or a small boat which was used in streams or lakes near the Au Sable River in Michigan. This boat type was often used by anglers in the nineteenth century for trout and grayling fishing. Anglers were recreational fisherman who used an ‘angle,’ or a hook, usually with a fishing rod.
Some of these Au Sable skiffs had sails, but most were paddled or poled. As a lightweight boat, this skiff could carry a fisherman and a guide, along with two hundred pounds of gear. This model represents a skiff around 18½ feet long at the gunwale and 3½ feet wide. The model was built in 1876 and was given to the Smithsonian by D. H. Fitzhugh, Jr.
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overall: 3 in x 7 in x 38 in; 7.62 cm x 17.78 cm x 96.52 cm
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Gift of D. M. Fitzhugh, Jr.
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National Museum of American History


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