Boat Model, Potomac River Fish Lighter

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
boat, lighter
boat, lighter, model
date made
1883
Measurements
overall: 19 1/2 in; 49.53 cm
ID Number
TR*056950
catalog number
056950
accession number
12724
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Ship Models
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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