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Bateau (Skiff)
Bay Workboats
Key Features:Bateau, French for boat, is a generic name applied to a variety of craft that evolved from colonial flat bottom rowboats. In its early form, the bateau or skiff was essentially a large rowboat with an added sail.
Period of Use:1700 - 20th century
Use:Transportation and fishing
Interesting Facts:When someone wanted to go out fishing or travel a short distance, the bateau was usually the vessel of choice.
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