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Every so often, we come across a canoe here at the Museum that raises more questions than it answers. Last summer, a donor brought this interesting boat to our attention.

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Here’s what stood out for us when we first looked at it:

  • It is very lightly built, almost more like a rowing shell than a canoe, with a 1/8″ veneer hull and sawn frame/batten seam construction;
  • It once had fabric decks, and there are still scraps of varnished linen attached to some of the deckbeams;
  • The cockpit area has a very wide, flaring coaming that adds several inches to the boat’s beam; and
  • It was probably used for flatwater sprint racing.

What we didn’t know was what class or type of canoe it was.

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