George M. Butler Skiff
George M. Butler built this skiff in 1994 for a local customer. The similarities in design and construction between this skiff and the one built thirty-five years earlier by his father are obvious. With the exception of modern stainless fasteners and glues, George used the same materials, techniques and skills as his father.
The keelson, stem, knees, ribs, and transom are made of white oak - chosen for its density and strength. To these white oak "bones" are nailed white juniper (also known as southern cedar) planks. Juniper is used because of its even, clear grain, compatibility with saltwater, and sponge-like quality which causes it to swell and close seams - making the skiff water tight.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1994.
Location. 37° 50.652′ N, 76° 16.539′ W. Marker is in Reedville, Virginia, in Northumberland County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 360) just north of Reed Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 408 Main St, Reedville VA 22539, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.