‘VIKING’

(Length: 22′;  Beam: 42″;  ’Double-Scull’)

Also known as the “Cable Car Gig”, this classic boat was said to have been built by two workers in San Francisco’s cable car barn in the last years of the 19th century.  The boat was used for recreation on the Russian River in Northern California until one of the men passed away, when it was donated to the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club on San Francisco’s north shore.  After years of service and many hands involved in its care and repair, in 1984 it  received an extensive FISHER-SMITH restoration.  Now in its 115th year, it continues to please as one of the Club’s prized and oft-rowed ‘doubles’.

The boat is interesting for its style of construction: not a true ‘Whitehall’ of eastern US design origins, it appears to share more likenesses with the ‘Gigs’ of coastal Great Britain.  With its graceful planked-up deadwood, inner keelson-strip and somewhat radical ’6-beam-plus’ proportions, one could wonder where those cable car builders were from…

There have been three wooden replicas of this lovely boat commissioned to date, all FISHER-SMITH-built; together with the original, a small one-design fleet now lines up at Club regattas for spirited racing among San Francisco Bay’s great landmarks–Golden Gate and Bay Bridge towers, Alcatraz, Angel and Treasure Islands.

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