Ship Model, Ketch

Description
In 17th-century New England, the ketch (or “catch”) was a small, two-masted craft with a square stern. Ketches had small crews of around four men, and they are believed to have had fore-and-aft rigs, rather than square sails, for ease and simplicity of handling. They were used mainly for local coastal trade and for fishing on the shallow sand banks off the New England coast.
In the early 18th century, this boat type disappeared from contemporary records and descriptions. It was replaced by the “scooner” or schooner, a similar boat type with a fore-and-aft rig that was easy and economical to sail. In fact, some scholars think that only the name changed, and that the two boat types were almost identical in rig and construction.
Object Name
ketch
ketch, rigged model
Date made
1978
original ship built
ca 1600
maker
Hoff, Jr., William Bruce
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metals (overall material)
textile (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 1/2 in x 19 in x 8 1/2 in; 54.61 cm x 48.26 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
TR*336377
accession number
1978.0351
catalog number
336377
subject
Food
Transportation
Work
Fishing
event
Colonization and Settlement
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
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