Ben Newton

Swamp boat maker in Smoaks, SC (Colleton County). Small watercraft also known as a flat bottom boat/skiff or a bateau (Sometimes spelled batteau). Used to navigate the shallows, marshes, and waterways of the SC lowcountry. Traditionally used by fishermen, crabbers, oystermen, clammers and to transport goods/people upstream or downstream. Usually powered manually, with a paddle or a pole. Can also be fitted with a small outboard motor. Interview and photographs by Michael Chiarappa.

Ben Newton with one of his swamp boats