Perrine Boat Shop

J.H. Perrine Boat Shop records, 1903–1963.
5 boxes, plus 1 oversize folder (1.6 linear feet).
About Perrine Boat Shop

J. H. Perrine was a small craft designer and builder in Barnegat, New Jersey. His specialty was the 15-foot Barnegat sneakbox, a boat designed for hunters, but also sailed in races and for pleasure.

About the collection

This is a collection of records of the J. H. Perrine boat shop. Materials include: order and account books, listing customers, boats purchased, and payment information (sometimes including rough sketches of vessels) (1903-1963); construction logs, including customer’s name and costs, measurements, sail plans, and progress of construction (c. 1908-1910); ledgers of expenses, including wages paid, electricity and telephone, sail cloth, paint, oil, hardware, and so on; and daybook of sales of marine supplies. Other materials in the collection include: a small amount of correspondence to J.H. Perrine from customers and suppliers; product brochures; bills; price lists; newspaper clippings; cloth samples; and a 1952 list of “Diamond class” hulls (#110-129) built by Perrine, including customer name and cost. The collection also includes black and white photographs of sneakboxes designed and built by Perrine, including the 15 ft. Barnegat sneak and one tinted photo of yacht races in Beachwood, New Jersey.

  • Sailboats–Design and construction
  • Boatbuilding–New Jersey
Types of material
  • Daybooks
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Photographs
  • Ships plans
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