CLASS A CATS CLAWING TO WINDWARD IN BARNEGAT BAY
20" x 28" Original Oil Painting by Charles Raskob Robinson
During the post-Civil War era on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, working sailboats began to be raced by their owners. A fleet of distinctive catboats resulted and became known as Class A – with a broad beam, shallow draft and centerboard, and single tall mast stepped well forward. The fleet was active through the Roaring Twenties but did not survive the Great Depression.