. Bulletin - United States National Museum. Science. Greek Sponge Boat from Tarpon Springs, Florida, showing typical hull at the time, about 1920, when the type was being "modernized." {Smithsojiian photo 3242^.). The half-model represents a caravel-planked keel hull having a straight keel with some drag, a strongly curved stem rabbet and stem, a raking sternpost, flat transom with rudder hung outboard, an almost straight sheer, and the midsection formed with a straight rising floor, very slack bilge, and flaring top- side. The entrance and run are unusually full and short. The scale

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. Bulletin - United States National Museum. Science. Greek Sponge Boat from Tarpon Springs, Florida, showing typical hull at the time, about 1920, when the type was being "modernized." {Smithsojiian photo 3242^.). The half-model represents a caravel-planked keel hull having a straight keel with some drag, a strongly curved stem rabbet and stem, a raking sternpost, flat transom with rudder hung outboard, an almost straight sheer, and the midsection formed with a straight rising floor, very slack bilge, and flaring top- side. The entrance and run are unusually full and short. The scale of the half-model is % inch to the foot, for a boat measuring 37 feet moulded length at rail, 13 feet 7 inches moulded beam, and about 6 feet 6 inches moulded depth. Given by A.. Kaminis, Tarpon Springs, Florida. FLORIDA SPONGE BOAT, 1943 Builder's Half-Model, usnm 312756 A yawl-rigged au.xiliary-powered sponge boat was built from this half-model on the west coast of Florida at Tarpon .Springs in 1943 by Leo Faskalitis. These boats were used by sponge divers of Greek descent, using di\ing hoods. A boat of this type is represented by a rigged model in the Watercraft Collection. Scale of the model is ^{^ inch to the foot, and repre- sents a boat about 37 feet 9 inches moulded length, 14 feet 3 inches moulded beam, and about 6 feet 6 inches moulded depth. The half-model is for a keel, sailing hull having a straight keel with some drag, raking post, flat and rather deep transom with rudder hung outboard, curved and raking stem rabbet, moderate sheer, short and full entrance, short but clean run, and a midsec- tion formed with slighdy rising straight floor, slack well-rounded bilge, and slighdy flaring topside. These boats were very seaworthy but not fast under sail or power. They replaced an older form of rowing and sailing double-ended boat ha\ing a single large square-headed spritsail; much sheer; a high stem and sternpost, both curved; short straight keel; and steeply rising fl

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