The boat is a reconstruction of a 18th century ship’s jolly boat from the ship Columbia. Under the command of Captain Gray the Columbia explored the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792. This type boat was used mainly to ferry personnel to and from the ship or for other small scale activities.
"Jolly" was designed and built by Greg Foster of Northwest Historic Watercraft in 1991. She is a 17 foot wooden lapstrake open boat with rowing stations for six oarsmen and a stern seat for a coxswain and a passenger. For sailing she can step two lug rigged masts. The forward mast is a dipping lug (82 sq. ft) and the aft mast is a standing lug (40 sq. ft). She is armed with one bow gun.
The boat has appeared in PBS - American Experience: Alexander Hamilton, a special for National Geographic’s Ultimate Explorer series Civil War Gold: The sinking of the SS Republic and was on the set for Season 1 of AMC's Turn.