The bateau was designed by Captain Thomas P Leathers of Kentucky, who is remembered for owning and commanding the steamboat Natchez, and for losing a dramatic race against the steamboat Robert E Lee commanded by Capt. JW Cannon in 1870.
Barbashela was a gift to Varina Anne ‘Winnie’ Davis of Biloxi, Mississippi, and the skiff was rowed on Oyster Bayou.
The plan is that the restored boat will be returned to the bayous in the Biloxi area.
PS – Weblogger ‘Clark’ reports that, and that drawings are to be available in the near future. So if you admire her, you could build your very own Barbashela. Thanks Clark!