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Vessel Number: HV000594
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Vessel Dimensions: 5.5 m x 1.52 m (18.05 ft x 4.99 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
The Newcastle Maritime Museum’s clinker rowing skiff JENNY was built by N & E Towns in Newcastle at an unknown date. It has the typical shape and proportions for an easily driven rowing hull, and the type was then very common throughout sheltered waters around Australia. Towns built many of these craft, and a modest number are known to remain extant.
DescriptionJENNY was built at N & E Towns Dempsey Island shed, the brothers firm was one of the principal small craft boatbuilders in the region for a number of decades. The hull is clinker construction, the most common method used for small craft in this period. The hull has a slightly raked bow profile and a transom stern, with rounded hull sections featuring a softly curved, high bilge section shape, typical for many rowing skiffs.

It has seven planks per side, with light section frames at around 175mm spacing. There are four thwarts, with the middle pair used for rowing. The bow thwart has one knee while the remaining thwarts have double knees and all knees finish at the gunwale edge of the planking. There is no inwale or sheer clamp and the riser runs full length. The aft thwart has a removable seat back. The boat is fitted with a rudder, yoke and steering lines.The hull is painted cream throughout with varnished transom, thwarts, risers, knees and floor boards.

Its use and ownership is not documented, however this style and type of skiff had a variety of roles, both commercial and recreational. The craft is now part of the Newcastle Maritime Museum's extensive regional small craft collection which includes a number of Towns built craft.

Vessel Details
Current status:not on display
Deck layout:open
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:oar
Hull material and construction:clinkerglued lapstrakelapstrake
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:other
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Previous Number: HV*

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