Model of Western River Flatboat, ca. 1860-1875

Description
This boat model represents a common, simple flat bottomed boat or small barge of the sort that would have been found anywhere on the American western river system around the time of the Civil War. The owners of these boats and their families lived aboard and bought, sold and transported anything they could make a profit on. They traded hardware, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, cloth and clothing, and other goods up and down the rivers until small steamboats gradually replaced them in the later part of the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
ca 1990
maker
Norman, James B.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 9.525 cm x 17.145 cm x 29.845 cm
ID Number
2005.0097.01
catalog number
2005.0097.01
accession number
2005.0097
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Scrimshaw
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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