Boat Model, Sail Scooter

This model represents a sail scooter. Scooters were used for winter recreation and racing along the Hudson River, as well as other frozen bodies of water in Michigan and Wisconsin. Designed like a sailboat, a scooter has runners like a sled together with sails, which propel it across ice. The model is rigged with sails and has two white paddles. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1961 by William H. Harless of East Moriches, NY.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sail scooter, model
overall: 8 in x 14 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 35.56 cm x 10.16 cm
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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 Mr. William H.l Harless, East Moriches, New York
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