Boat Model, Adirondack Skiff

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This model represents an Adirondack skiff, or guide boat, which was commonly used on the lakes and streams in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the nineteenth century, these boats were a means of transportation for farmers and hunters in the mountains. In order to be carried between waterways in the Adirondack Mountains, these skiffs needed to be light, but also large enough to hold gear and a hunter’s game. Early Adirondack guide boats appeared in the 1820s, but were only fully developed as a discrete boat type by the 1870s. Although some skiffs were fitted with sails, this model does not have sails and appears to be for recreation rather than hunting or fishing. Usually 14-16 feet long, this model represents a skiff 22 feet long and 4 feet wide. The model was built in 1876 and given to the Smithsonian by Cornwall & Weston, boat builders of Alexandria Bay, New York.
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United States: New York, Alexandria Bay
overall: 33 in; 83.82 cm
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Gift of Cornwall & Weston
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National Museum of American History


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