Boat Model, Inland Lake Racing Scow

This model represents a scow, a sailboat used for racing on the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. This type of scow was used for racing on lakes and rivers, and could occasionally reach up to 28 miles per hour. A scow has a flat vertical transom, usually with a blunt bow (although this example has a sharp bow). The model represents a Class A racing scow about 37 feet long and 8 feet wide. It was given to the Smithsonian in 1959 by boat builder John O. Johnson of White Bear Lake, MN.
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Object Name
sloop, racing
scow, racing, rigged model
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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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