History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part II

Captain Smith, born in Boston in 1869, tells us in a 1943 ‘Rudder’ magazine article, the story of a deep water boarding house owner and ships pilot named Captain Alfred Sorenson. “This man usually got what he went after, whether he was in quest of sailors for his boarding-house or to pluck a fellow being [...]

History of the Whitehall Rowboat Part I

Mystery surrounds the origins of the Whitehall rowboat. Early history of this distinctive, elegant, practical rowboat remains unclear. One thing for certain, in earlier times boat builders were often sailors and seafarers. Taught to be conservative by the unpredictable, dangerous nature of the sea, they stuck with the tried and true. As certain desirable qualities [...]

The Minto 9 Rowboat A Well Loved Family Dinghy

For over 50 years the Minto 9 Rowing Tender has been one of the most popular small rowboats in the Pacific Northwest. Generations of kids first learned to row in this dinghy. Sailors and power boaters alike treasured it for use as a shore boat or ship's tender. Back In the late 1950s, according to [...]

Who Buys a Whitehall Rowboat?

A good question, with many answers. Whitehall Rowing and Sail sell our all-water rowboats to a variety of people that I’ve loosely categorized as the following. Some overlap categories, while others defy categorization: “I Used to Crew in College” At boat shows we get this a LOT! People in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s... all [...]