Did you know that the fishing vessel known as a smack takes its name from the Old Dutch word smak, which means a sharp noise or slapping sound? According to nautical lore, smacks were given their name for the sound the ochre colored sails made when the slack was taken up by the wind. Did you also know why British smacks had the ochre colored sails? This particular color was the result of a waterproofing that was applied to the cotton fabric used for sail making.
The image of fleets of these fishing smacks with their ochre colored sails must have been a sight to behold. So too is this 19th century model. Expertly constructed and outfitted with the tiniest of details, this model not only captures the uniqueness of these vessels but can also be discovered only at Mill House Antiques. More than an ordinary experience.