Boat Model, Whitehall Boat

Boat Model, Whitehall Boat

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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.
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Object Name
boat model
boat model, rigged
date made
overall: 5 in x 10 in x 37 in; 12.7 cm x 25.4 cm x 93.98 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Nash & Sons
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Ship Models
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National Museum of American History
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