Clive Radley writes:
Many years ago I purchased a model of a skiff at a well-known shop by the river at Shepperton. I would like to know the approximate year when the actual skiff was built. Perhaps a HTBS reader would be able to inform me?
The model is 59 cm long and 9.5 cm max width.
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I fear it is not a skiff. For me it looks like a six oared gig. Perhaps a cornish pilot gig. But to decide this I had tosee some more photos
No idea on date I am afraid, but I notice that the thole pins are offset, as if for sweep rowing. I don’t recall ever seeing an actual skiff built that way. However, the model blades are clearly sculling blades (note the handles).
“Modern” racing skiffs are all built to a common early 20th century design, with pairs of thole pins for sculling, this is clearly something different. It may be worth contacting the Thames Traditional Boat Society.