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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
au sable river skiff
au sable river skiff, rigged model
au sable river skiff, model
boat, rigged model
date made
overall: 3 in x 7 in x 38 in; 7.62 cm x 17.78 cm x 96.52 cm
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Ship Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of D. M. Fitzhugh, Jr.

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