Samuel Andrews was born in Scilly Cove, now known as Winterton, in September of 1877. Known by most as “Uncle Sammy” Andrews, he and his wife Jedidiah had four children: Rachael, Wilson, Sarah, and Nehemiah.
Samuel was a fisherman and like many others in the industry, he would keep busy year-round to provide food and income for his family. In addition to fishing, Uncle Sammy hunted small game, cut timber, went sealing, caught sea birds, and cultivated land according to the seasons.
He was considered to be a master boat builder and likely employed himself with boat building during the winter and spring. His knowledge of the water helped him produce seaworthy vessels suitable to the area surrounding Winterton.
One such boat built by Samuel is the Four-Oared Punt on display at the Wooden Boat Museum in Winterton. It is a small, narrow boat built to be fast and lightweight and was mainly used during the winter months to hunt seals and sea birds.