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The Secret History Tiny Shanty Boat

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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!

Cool panorama shot of the whole home.

Sleeping loft.

Composting toilet for going on the go!


Another panorama of the interior. Love the light.

Ooh! Those ominous clouds make for a great shot.

Images via Wes

Related: The Otter House: A Tiny House Boat in Virginia

Want to learn more? Head over to Wes’ post about how he built the shanty here.


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Meg
    April 14, 2017, 11:15 am

    Very cool idea

    • Alex
      April 14, 2017, 2:46 pm

      Thanks Meg!

  • Alex
    April 14, 2017, 2:46 pm

    Didn’t realize that thanks Jerry good to know!

  • Gail
    April 14, 2017, 3:08 pm

    This reminds me of a book I had as a child….”The Summerfolk”. Such a great way to live!

  • Hudson
    April 14, 2017, 3:27 pm

    Love that the dog has the couch!

    • Alex
      April 14, 2017, 3:41 pm


  • April 14, 2017, 4:15 pm

    This yes, a small step forward….Peace, Peace, Peace….

    April 14, 2017, 7:33 pm

    I shant be giving this tiny house to much praise…! But may it ever be so humble, there is no place like a boat shanty…!

  • Danielle DiLisio
    April 14, 2017, 10:20 pm

    Very cool

  • Jim Dawson
    April 16, 2017, 6:10 pm

    This is really cool, Wes. It reminds me of Huck Finn. What an awesome adventure. I’d love to read the book.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 17, 2017, 7:17 am

      Oh yes! It doesn’t remind me of that 🙂

  • Nihal David Phillips
    April 17, 2017, 9:36 pm

    These tiny houses bring back vivid memories of around 55 years ago, when my Dad, (an officer in the Indian Army) arranged for us to have a holiday in a house-boat on the Dal Lake & River Jhelum in India’s Kashmir.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 18, 2017, 4:41 am

      I hope you enjoyed it!

  • December 24, 2017, 5:51 am

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me
    when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each
    time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment.
    Is there a way you can remove me from that service? Kudos!

    • Alex
      December 27, 2017, 9:14 am

      Yes we can get you removed! At the bottom of those emails there is a link to unsubscribe – just click that and you should be all set! That being said, I’ll look in my dashboard here to see if there’s a way I can do that for you! Thanks!


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