Peterborough canoe (L 17' 0" x B 3' 4"). Cedar tongue and groove copper fastened on oak frames. Shipped to Kootenay Lake via Nelson, BC, ca 1895 (date is hearsay and not verified by Peterborough company or CPR railroad records.
The canoe is in restorable condition. With standard boatwright attention, such as the refastening of gunwale and re-making of stem and breasthook--and the rigging, and the oars….it can again be a functioning century-old sailing or rowing canoe. I have restored it in my head many times, as it hung from the shop ceiling....but I am getting too old. I just delivered hull number 78! I intended to install a wee "canoe engine” (steam engine and boiler) but I feared the wrath of canoe historians if I were to desecrate the keel with a shaft log installation…. If you hear of anyone wanting a project, here it is; cheap!
When I telephoned the Canoe Museum, about twenty years ago, they hoped that someone other than the museum would buy and repair it, then donate it to the museum.
Included is an assemblage of oarlocks, rigging hardware, mast, etc., like those pictured in the book: RUSHTON'S PORTABLE SPORTING BOATS, 1889. Respond with questions.
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