Wherry

A wherry (meaning "boat") is type of boat that was traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England.

A wherry (meaning "boat") is type of boat that was traditionally used for carrying cargo or passengers on rivers and canals in England, and is particularly associated with the River Thames. Passenger wherries evolved into the Thames skiff, a gentleman's rowing boat. Wherries were clinker-built with long overhanging bows so that patrons could step ashore dryshod before landing stages were built along the river. It is the long angled bow that distinguishes the wherry and skiff from the gig and cutter which have steeper bows following the rise of the Royal Navy, and the building of landing stages.

In the late 18th century the name was given to the Norfolk Wherry with large sails which was developed to replace an earlier cargo boat the Norfolk Keel.

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