Ships Jolly Boat


The boat is a reconstruction of a 18th century ship’s jolly boat from the ship Columbia. The Columbia was under the command of Captain Gray who explored the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792. This type boat was used mainly to ferry personnel to and from the ship or for other small scale activities.

The jolly boat was built in 1991 by Northwest Historic Watercraft, now known as the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Seattle, Washington. She is a 16 foot wooden lapstrake open boat with rowing stations for six oarsmen and a stern seat for a coxswain and a passenger. For sailing she can step two lug rigged masts. The forward mast is a dipping lug (82 sq. ft) and the aft mast is a standing lug (40 sq. ft).

The boat has appeared in two films which aired on PBS - American Experience: Alexander Hamilton and a special for National Geographic’s Ultimate Explorer series Civil War Gold: The sinking of the SS Republic.

Previously based in the Long Island area the boat will now operate out of Baltimore MD and be used for living history events and festivals.


For living history events and festival appearances please contact Lloyd Robbins @ 301.674.5999


For production work inquires please contact Privateer Media @ 610.972.9981