Boat Model, Lake Erie Pound-Net Sharpie

Sharpies, a flat-bottomed sailboat with triangular sail(s) were popular in several regions of the United States. This particular version of the sharpie was built in Green Bay, Ohio and was used on Lake Erie by pound-net fisheries during the 1880s. Sharpies had two masts, a mainsail and foresail. The model represents a craft that was 28 feet long by 9½ feet wide. This model of a sharpie was given to the Smithsonian by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in 1899.
Pound-net fishing is a technique in which a net leads fish into a funnel-like net that ends in an anchored entrapment.
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boat, lake erie pound net, model
boat, lake erie pound net, rigged model
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overall: 9 1/2 in x 28 in x 3 in; 24.13 cm x 71.12 cm x 7.62 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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