Two-Masted Stick-up Flattie

in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Collection

When I was searching through the online database of the CBMM Collections, I can across references to a two-masted stick-up flattie.  I knew that Howard Chapelle published plans and discussed the history of stick-up skiffs with a single mast, but not two masts.

I visited the CBMM Collections library in autumn 2023 and examined plans and photos of this unusual sail plan, and the scale model by Edward Thieler.  In his notes about the model, Mr. Thieler agreed with my own observation that plans and photos of a two-masted stick-up skiff had never been published. 

 

CBMM Catalog Item:  Little Choptank River Skiff

Large-format image files of plans, historic photos, and this scale model of two-masted stick-up flattie crabbing skiffs are here.

CBMM Catalog No. :
2022.0004.0016

Title:
Little Choptank River Skiff Model

Artist/Maker:
Thieler, Edward R

CBMM Description:
Date Made : 2005
Description : Model of a Little Choptank river skiff, also known as a two-mast stick-up flattie. It is painted red and white with two masts. There are oyster tongs and other equipment laid across the deck. The boat is tied to a post as if docked, and there are fish depicted in the water below.
Dim-Eng : [H]30.5 x [W]10.5 x [D] x [Diam] x [L]29
Credit Line : Dr. Edward R. Thieler III

Text on the model’s display case plaque:

LITTLE CHOPTANK RIVER SKIFF
Hudson, Maryland – 1906
Flattie Hull – Stick-Up Rig
Length – 19′ 11-3/4″   Beam 5′ 10-1/2″     Draft 1′ 5″
Scale 1″ = 1’0″
EDWARD R. THIELER III
Easton, Maryland – 2005

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