Norfolk wherry, 19th century.
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Model (scale 1:16). The Norfolk wherry was a small cargo carrier which was developed to suit the special conditions of the Broads district of East Anglia. The wherries came into use towards the end of the 18th century and replaced the earlier Norfolk keels. The hull of the wherry was clincher built and comparatively fine at both bow and stern, which were almost exactly similar. The normal crew consisted of two men, who in calms would pole the wherry along. The model represents a boat 55 ft long with a breadth of 16 ft 6 in.