Whitehall: The John Magnus

The John Magnus NYC 1824

Wooden Whitehall replica

The John Magnus is a Whitehall replica built around 1992 by a group known as “Floating the Apple” near Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan, New York City.  It has provided great joy of experiencing the waters of the Hudson by numerous youth groups.  Known for its balance and speed, the Whitehall style boat was designed over many, many years.  Possibly as far back as 1690 in England.  Check out the links below to learn about this boat.  You will be impressed and, hopefully, inspired to row this beautiful wooden boat.

The style of boat            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinker_(boat_building)

The History of the Whitehall 1     https://www.whitehallrow.com/history-of-the-whitehall-rowboat-part-1/

The History of the Whitehall 2 https://www.whitehallrow.com/history-of-the-whitehall-rowboat-part-2/

Building an Adirondack Guideboat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXKPkAPHlTE

Building Whitehalls at New School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuZqs0XzUDQ

Whitehall:  The Beauty of a Wooden Rowboat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcNhCQMa9eE&t=16s

The Story of the American Star https://www.villagecommunityboathouse.org/2016/09/the-story-of-the-american-star/

Because the Whitehall is the type of boat used for many years by the American Red Cross certified lifeguards, they created a schematic of the correct size of the oars to be used on these boats:

Am Natl Red Cross oar formula

A historic  lifeguard boat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifeboat_(rescue)#/media/File:The_Start_of_the_life-boat_c_1900_Cape_Cod.jpg

Log of the John Magnus trip taken from Manhattan to the Erie Canal in 2006: http://www.newyorkharborbeaches.org/hudsonlog.htm

More history on the Whitehalls:
Colleen Bailey’s NYC History in 10 Boats
(great historic picture of rowing on the Harlem River)
On “crimping”
Building Whitehalls – Rob Buchanan 

Mike Davis and Floating the Apple