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Object Name Bateau
Date 1870-1950
Material Wood/Metal
Used Hudson River
Description Bateau or River-Drive Boat used on the Hudson River. Built by an unknown builder. Punt in form, but with a great deal of rocker. Painted blue, has two seats.

L: 15' 1"B: 4'
While not as elegant in looks as the classic Penobscot-style river-driving bateau, this boat is well designed for its job, which was driving logs down the Hudson for the Finch, Pruyn Company of Glens Falls. It has great rocker fore and aft which aids in quick turning. It is a punt in form, with a cross-planked bottom, and was handily built of dimension lumber. It was probably little used when it came to the museum; the edges of the planks are still crisp, and there are no marks on the bottom from the river-driver's calked shoes. Finch, Pruyn and Company may have changed river transport for road transport, but they retained their color scheme. Finch Pruyn logging trucks were still painted the same powder-blue as these boats in the early 1990s.
Notes 15' 1" X 47.5",

See watercolor 73.83.1, "Weathered Bateau" for one very similar.
Dimensions W-3.958 L-15.083 D-1.55 feet
Collection BBB360
Catalog Number 1957.120.0001
Other number cat. 188
Imagefile 051\1957.120.0001.JPG
Species Bateau