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Four Months in a Sneak-Box. A boat voyage of 2600 miles down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and along the Gulf of Mexico (Illustrated)


by
Nathaniel H. Bishop

 

"I was to avoid hotels and towns, to live in my boat day and night, to carry an ample stock of provisions, and to travel in as comfortable a manner as possible. In fact, I adopted a very home-like boat, which, though only twelve feet long, four feet wide, and thirteen inches deep, was strong, stiff, dry, and safe; a craft that could be sailed or rowed, as wind, weather, or inclination might dictate, the weight of which hardly exceeded two hundred pounds, and could be conveniently transported from one stream to another in an ordinary wagon."

Published in 1879


The author navigates and narrates through America's inland waterways during an 1874 voyage in 12 foot boat. At the time of this adventure, voyaging on tiny craft was popular in Europe as yachting became a middle class past time. Bishop, however, was an inveterate international adventurer, and his voyage in the Sneakbox was only one of several published.

Sneakboxes, in a modern form, are still used for hunting and competitive sailing in and around Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.

Link for more on hunting sneakboxes
Link for more on sailing sneakboxes



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