26 ft 2 in
5 ft 5 in
The gig can either be a sailing craft (usually built for speed) or it can be a pulling boat. In the latter case there is frequently a small lug sail carried well forward to assist the oarsmen, or to replace them when the wind is favourable.
The 'Venetia' comes into this second category but it is obvious that without a centre board and with only a small sail there would be no chance of sailing to windward.
The Venetia is double skinned and was built by Husk of Wivenhoe in about 1906.
Her origin is unknown. Some say she was built for the second Duke of Westminster but the present Duke denies this. She may have been a tender for a yacht or she may have been built for a rowing club, but her last owners were the St. Deny's Amateur Rowing Club of Southampton, who presented her to the Museum.
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