Boat Model, Cedar Keys Gill Net Skiff

This model represents a skiff, a small flat-bottom rowboat, used for fishing in the Cedar Keys of Florida. The Cedar Keys were known for fishing and for their ports, where ships transported goods to the trans-Florida railroad to avoid sailing around Florida. The Cedar Keys skiff fished for mullet, using a method called gill-net fishing. Gill-net fishing is a technique in which a wall-like net is anchored in shallow waters with weights and buoys. The net is designed to trap the fish's head in the mesh. This model represents a skiff about 20½ feet at the gunwale and 7½ feet wide. The model was built in 1893 and given to the Smithsonian by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries.
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Gift of Bureau of Fisheries
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Work and Industry: Maritime
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National Museum of American History


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