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Gill-netter Model
1876

Columbia River salmon boat
The type of small boat represented by this model was distinctive to the West Coast of the United States in the second half of the 1800s. Developed to meet the needs of local fishermen, the first salmon boat was built in 1868 by J.J. Griffin, a San Francisco boatbuilder, for use on the Sacramento River. The following year, a sister boat was sold to fishermen working gill nets along the lower Columbia River near Astoria, OR. Dubbed the "gill-netter," this sturdy, sharp-sterned boat proved ideal for rowing and sailing in the powerful waters of the coastal Pacific. By the late 1880s, it had become the standard for the gill-net fishery, replacing the East Coast-derived boats that had proven unsatisfactory in local conditions.

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Wood, linen, paint
25" long x 6" wide x 3" high
Scale, 1" = 1'
Web display only

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· Salmon Canneries on the Columbia

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