Peter boat

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The Thames at Shillingford, 1823, an oil painting by John Thomas Serres. The small fishing boat in the foreground is a Peter boat.

A peter boat or peterboat was a type of fishing boat, found principally on the Thames Estuary and the adjacent coasts of eastern England. In legend, the peter boat's origins lie with the boats used to ferry passengers to and from St. Peter's Abbey, the Saxon predecessor to Westminster Abbey in London. By the middle of the second millennium, a peter boat was a double ended boat of about 12 feet (3.7 m) in length, usually used for fishing.[1][2]

The Peter Boat Inn, in Leigh-on-Sea near the mouth of the Thames Estuary, is named after this type of fishing boat.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Peter Boat". Dark Age Boats and Edwin Deady. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "History Of The Peterboat". East Anglia Pub Company. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "History Of The River Great Ouse". Retrieved 2015-02-11.