Boat Model, Whitehall Boat


This model represents a type of rowboat called a Whitehall boat. The Whitehall was developed in the 1820s and was named after its place of origin, Whitehall Street in New York City. The Whitehall was used for transportation in harbors and ports, and was not meant for the open sea. The people who used the Whitehall ranged from crimps, men who kidnapped or tricked people into working on ships, to newspaper reporters and ship chandlers, or retail dealers who sold supplies to ships in port. Although some Whitehalls were fitted with sails, this one was not. Instead, it used four oars and an outboard rudder to steer. This model represents an average size Whitehall boat, at 18 feet at the gunwale and 5 feet wide. The model was given to the Smithsonian in 1899 by the boat builders Nash & Sons.

Date Made: 1899

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Nash & Sons

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.025001Accession Number: 4880Catalog Number: 25001

Object Name: boat modelboat model, rigged

Measurements: overall: 5 in x 10 in x 37 in; 12.7 cm x 25.4 cm x 93.98 cm


Record Id: nmah_881483

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