Ship Model, Florida Sloop-Rigged Fishing Sharpie

Description
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.
ID Number
TR.076273
catalog number
76273
accession number
28022
Credit Line
Deposited by U. S. Fish Commission
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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