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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 3:46 p.m. PST


And it almost has a pointy end!
Does anyone know the dimensions?

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 4:03 p.m. PST


Why don't you contact them and ask? Their e-mail is listed.

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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 4:05 p.m. PST

I'm not familiar with that kit, but for another option, Laser Dream Works has a couple of Colonial Bateaux. Well, they're actually more like Skiffs because Bateaux should be pointy at both ends too.

Is a Durham Boat just a brand-name for a Bateau?

I've got the Skiffy kits and they're very nice, laser-cut plywood! I've also sent a note to them asking if they can do a double-ended variant. Maybe if others ask too, that will help move it along ^,^

I had sent them these plans: link

Marshal Saxe11 May 2018 5:56 p.m. PST

Batteau is simply the French word for boat. There were many different types of batteaux in colonial America. Lake batteau had higher sides and a more rounded hull, for seaworthyness in wide waters. The James river batteau is almost a raft, having vertical sides about a foot or 18 inches high. A Mohawk River batteau was about 30 feet long, the James River about 45 feet. The James River was wide, to carry hogsheads of tobacco. The Mohawk carried general cargo. Lake George Batteau could carry about 20 barrels of flour to Fort Ticonderoga, according to testimony at General St. Clair's court martial.
Some batteau could have their bottoms strengthened so that small mortars could be fired from them, as Bradstreet proved in 1758, and this was done again at Ticonderoga in the Revolution. But the utility of this experiment is suspect.
Northern batteau were meant only to last for a few campaigns, and sunk over the winter, brought up in the Spring. Cheap and easy to build were the criteria. James River batteau might only be used once, being broken up at Richmond and the the wood used for other purposes,
Durham boats were long, (50 feet?) with tall,straight sides, and of sturdy construction, designed for long term use carrying ore and bulky crops. AFAIK all were double ended, perhaps for ease in construction

Durban Gamer12 May 2018 2:47 a.m. PST

Thanks, it's expert contributions like Marshal's that help make TMP such a great place!

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