The Whitehall pulling boat originated around 1820 probably taking their name from Whitehall Street on the New York waterfront. These fine rowing boats developed as fast water taxis, carrying light goods and important personages to and from the deep water merchant ships anchored in the bay. They have evolved into one of the most popular traditionally built recreational rowing boats available. There are many different subtleties to the design and different builders made a name for their own variation. We build both the New York style and the Boston style.
Simply superb, 19th century plank-on-frame boat model of a type of wherry known as a "New York Whitehall."
6 April 1997, New York Times, pg. CY3:
The students are building a traditional wooden New York Whitehall rowboat, an all-but-abandoned class of yacht, first built in downtown Manhattan more than 150 years ago. If 145th Street and the Grand Concourse in the South Bronx is hardly a likely place for a revival of this disappearing craft, perhaps more unlikely are the people involved: students considered at risk of dropping out from high schools with some of the lowest academic performance records in the city.