Boat Model, Inland Lake Racing Scow, Minnezitka

This model represents a scow, or a type of sailboat used for racing on the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. A scow was a flat-bottomed boat with a blunt bow and a flat transom. This model represents a scow named Minnezitka built by John O. Johnson in 1900 for the Inland Lake Yachting Association. The Minnezitka was entered into the international Seawanhka Cup; although it was the fastest American boat, it was not chosen. The Minnezitka was a precursor to the Class A racing scow, at 38 feet long and 7½ feet wide. The model was given to the Smithsonian in 1959 by the boat builder, John O. Johnson of White Bear, Minnesota.
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Object Name
sloop, racing
scow, racing, rigged model
place made
United States: Minnesota
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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. J. O. Johnson, Johnson Boat Works, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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