Moving ahead to the present day, the growing interest in fitness and clean, pollution free, outdoor recreation has created a growing resurgence of interest in Whitehall rowboats that are built lightweight, in state of the art materials, and fitted with efficient slide seat rowing/sculling gear. The largest builder of Whitehall rowboats in the word [...]
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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 [...]
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 Tyee 14 rowboat originated in Campbell River, British Columbia, a fishing community on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Every summer a large run of Chinook Salmon return to the river to spawn. Those fish that have matured to over 30 lbs are called “Tyee” salmon. About 1910, Ned Painter, a local boatbuilder, began [...]
In the early days, back before small engines, Whitehall rowboats were considered the best working boats on the harbour. A 17′ (5 m) long Whitehall rowboat was the favoured size. This was because a boat of this size could be easily handled by one person alone, or also carry five or six people plus cargo. [...]
This Classic Whitehall Spirit® 14 rowboat is often called the most beautiful rowing boat in the world because of its immaculate lapstrake styled hull and flowing lines combined with exquisite teak woodwork and custom cast bronze fittings. It rows as beautifully as it looks. Two fixed seat rowing positions with gunnel-mounted oarlocks enable two [...]
For the traditional fixed seat rower, this Classic Whitehall Spirit® Tyee 14 represents a boat that is practical and perfect for rowing in lakes or the ocean and easily handles rough water. It is favored for row fishing and a Custom Row Fishing Model is available. The Classic Whitehall Spirit® Tyee 14 evolved from the [...]
The Classic Whitehall Spirit® Tyee 14 Sailing Rowboat delights both experienced sailors and beginners. It offers a way to enjoy sailing connecting with wind and waves without the responsibilities and high costs that come with owning a much bigger boat. It gets back to the feel of wind on your face with your hand on [...]
Campbell River is a coastal community on the east coast of Vancouver Island where in early fall a large run of Chinook Salmon returns to the river to spawn. Those fish that have matured to over 30 lbs are called “Tyee” salmon. Around 1910 Ned Painter, a local boatbuilder, began building beautiful lapstrake cedar-planked rowboats [...]
The Whitehall Spirit® brand includes an extensive line of unique, elegant rowboats produced since 1987 by Whitehall Rowing & Sail in Victoria, BC. These boats are built and delivered to discerning customers located worldwide. These are impeccably built boats that appeal to people with a spirit of adventure and particularly those who love being outside [...]