Bailey Whitehall

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Bailey Whitehall


Long and narrow, the Bailey Whitehall came out of one of Boston's fancy Whitehall shops about 1879. Her builder is unknown, but she was owned by the Bailey family, for 81 years. When she was built, sliding seat rowing had been just introduced into the racing world, and this boat was set up with a slide. Her spoon oars and a set of wonderful pinned, yet feathering, oarlocks complement her style. You'll need some cross-handed skill to manage the oars as they run 8' on a beam of 3' 7".  She has a pair of mast steps with metal bracing and a metal dagger board trunk, but no rig details other than for the mast, which has two sheaves. Judging from the mast steps she could be sailed as a sloop or a cat, but there is no evidence of cleats or other details to indicate that she spent much time under sail. Her missing bronze dagger board was thin enough to allow the slot to be cut through the 1" keel.  She is built about as lightly as it is possible for a carvel boat with 3/8" planks.  The seat posts are turned; and all the floorboards, the seat riser, and the sheerstrake are beaded. Frames are inlet so the backbone can be stiffened by a full-length keel batten. While the plans do not show materials, her seats, interior structure, and sheerstrake appear to be mahogany.  Even with the various metal pieces she weighs 313 pounds, which seems heavy unless she is mahogany planked as well.  From 87 Boat Designs by Ben Fuller.  Plans drawn by Mystic Seaport staff in 1974.


Additional Information

Type Whitehall
Date 1879
Plans drawn by Pittaway, Robert A.
LOA 16’ 9”
Beam 3’ 7”
Plans include 3 sheets: lines, construction, offsets
Source Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library, Mystic Seaport Vessels & Small Craft Collection
Previous order number 54.211
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Catalog number WSP.7.21