Boat Model, New Jersey Sneakbox

This model represents a New Jersey sneakbox, a small boat invented and used in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The sneakbox was developed in 1836 by boat builder Captain Hazleton Seaman, as a small boat that could be camouflaged for hunting wild fowl. Low in the water, the sneakbox is decked with a small cockpit so that a hunter can camouflage the boat with grasses over the top. During the nineteenth century the sneakbox was used by hunters, particularly commercial duck hunters. It would typically carry one person, along with his gear. Some sneakboxes were fitted out with sails, although this one is not and would have been rowed instead. The original represented by this model was a little under 12 feet long and around 4 feet wide. It was built in 1890 and given to the Smithsonian by J. D. Gifford from Tuckerton, New Jersey.
Currently not on view
Object Name
boat, sneak
boat, sneak, rigged model
date made
overall: 12 in x 5 in x 16 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Ship Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. D. Gifford

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