Lawrence skiff is a traditional clinker double ended craft developed
in the mid 1800's among the Thousand Islands, between New York and
Canada. Usually between 18' and 22', the Skiff was originally an all
purpose water transport between islands and the mainland. The St.
Lawrence skiff was not paddled but propelled by oar or sail, and was
always sailed with no rudder. In the late 1800's, with the rush of
city folk to the outdoors, the St. Lawrence skiff became the craft
of choice for the local fishing guides to take their paying city
"sports" out on the river. Sailing races between towns on the river
took place in the Skiffs, again using no rudders, just the movement
of the crew to steer the boat.