Ship Model, Florida Sloop-Rigged Fishing Sharpie

This model represents a sharpie, a flat-bottom sailboat with a triangular sail used by fishermen in St. Andrews Bay, Florida. On the Florida Gulf Coast, St. Andrews Bay was known for fishing, and during the Civil War, salt-making. This class of sharpie was known for its steadiness due to bow and stern skegs. In addition to the mainsail and jib, this sharpie type was also equipped with a pair of oars. This model represents a sharpie about 20 feet long and 5½ feet wide. The model was given to the Smithsonian by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in 1894.
Object Name
model, rigged, fishing boat
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Deposited by U. S. Fish Commission

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