The Migrations of an American Boat Type by Howard Chappelle

Howard Chappelle’s classic study of the sharpie, The Migrations of an American Boat Type, is available from the Gutenberg Project among many other wonderful things.

It comes complete with the drawings and photos that have fascinated so many boat dreamers over the years – including myself.

My thanks to Paul Mullings for spotting this one!

The migrations of an American boat type

Sharpie drawing

Sharpies have rather gone out of fashion since they were the talk of the boating forums a decade ago, but I still think it’s worth reminding ourselves about these strikingly elegant North American craft.

This drawing of a typical New Haven sharpie comes from a Project Gutenberg eBook of Howard Chappelle’s classic study of the sharpie, The Migrations of an American Boat Type, which I first read on paper long ago.

I vividly remember the excited anticipation of waiting for it to arrive in an exotic foreign – but thanks to the Gutenberg Project  folks you, dear reader, can obtain access to this stuff in a moment, and completely free of charge.

PS – I picked this up through reading the excellent US website Duckworksmagazine.com.