The shad boat had a round-bottomed hull and a single mast that was rigged with a sprit sail (a four-sided fore-aft sail supported by a diagonally positioned spar called a sprit). The shad boat often included a jib and a topsail.
Jim Goodwin recently finished a detailed model of a North Carolina shad boat.
|Shad Boat Model by Jim Goodwin|
For landlubbers, here is a diagram showing the parts of a sprit-rigged sailboat.
|Wikipedia Image by Kirby Schroeder|
And here are two images of one of the last (now deteriorating) shad boats to be found on Ocracoke Island:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.