Boat Model, Potomac River Fish Lighter

This model represents a lighter, a small flat-bottomed barge used to load and unload ships in port. In the late nineteenth century, lighters would have transported fish to Washington and Alexandria on the Potomac River. The lighter did not use oars or sails; instead, it was towed by a tug boat and steered with an outboard rudder. This model represents a lighter 52 feet long and about 14 feet wide. It was built in 1883 and given to the Smithsonian by George Woltz.
Currently not on view
Object Name
boat, lighter
boat, lighter, model
date made
overall: 19 1/2 in; 49.53 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 George Woltz

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