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The Secret History Tiny Shanty Boat

This is Wes’ Secret History Tiny Shanty Boat: A tiny home with a mission!


From Wes, and his website:

This is the Secret History shantyboat that is part of a larger project to float major American Rivers to collect the stories of river communities. I’ve been doing it for three years now and traveled with my shantyboat over 1000 miles and talked to thousands of people about the river….

A Secret History of American River People is a project to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of a recreated 1940s-era shantyboat over a series of epic river voyages. The project explores the issues facing current river communities, the long history of people who have lived on and adjacent to the river, and basic river ecology.

Wow! That’s incredible. He shared some great pictures of his little shanty with us that you can enjoy below. Find out more about how he built the shanty here (that post answers a lot of FAQs, so be sure to check it out).

Related: Knot Home: Lake Union Tiny Houseboat Tour

The Secret History Tiny Shanty Boat

Images via Wes

Hanging groceries from the ceiling!

Little stove top for coffee, tea and snacks!


Amazing how flowers add “something” amazing to a space.

Another awesome house plant. Lots of light!

Wow! That’s pretty idyllic.

Can’t live without one’s books. Bungee cords to keep them secure.

Comfy couch, work-from-home desk. This is the life!

See the rest of this tiny shanty boat on the next page!

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.




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