Canoe, Some Restoration Needed

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This “canoe” was for sale at the Madison-Bouckville Antique Show in Eastern NY state. It was from a very well made wooden canoe with beautiful torpedo stems. After cutting it all up, they enhanced the patina with slapped on red paint. Some assembly required..

Large Peterborough Canoe at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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One display at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Canada had a very large planked canoe by the Peterborough Canoe Company. This particular one was large enough for a freighter canoe hauling big amounts of both people and merchandise. This canoe has narrow tapered outer planks and many narrow internal ribs. The interior was painted blue and there are yellow floors. It is even set up for a sail with a mast hole and step at the front thwart.

 

Historic Birchbark Canoe Pictures at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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At the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Ontario Canada, they had a lot of historic exhibits. There was a display of photographs and pictures of the super large freighter Birchbark canoes famous in the exploration of Canada. They were used by fur traders and Voyageurs of the past and these images show how big these canoes could be. Many could haul over a thousand pounds of cargo down rapids and across lakes.

Peterborough Canoe Co Sign at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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We are wandering around the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Canada and I am particularly interested in historic canoe exhibits as we are members of the WCHA (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association).  Here was an exhibit of the famous Peterborough Canoe Company sign with several famous canoe paddles with their company logos. These were fun and colorful to see. The Peterborough Canoe Co. was one of the largest and most famous of the companies making wooden canoes from 1892 until 1961.

Birchbark Canoe with Some Cargo

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We are at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Canada and looking at the Birchbark Canoes on display. This particular Birchbark Canoe has many containers in it made of birch bark and holding various dried meats and vegetables. The containers are sewn together often with spruce root. In the left side of photo you can see rolls of birch bark that are stored and ready to make other birch bark items.

Canoe Forms in Peterborough Canada

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One of the shop areas near the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough Canada had canoes under construction. Here on a wall were stored canoes being built on forms. There were several heavy forms here made of wood with heavy metal strappings. The ribs are steamed and bent over these forms and then planking tacked on and through the ribs. When the tack goes through the rib it hits the metal band and turns back on itself and can be clenched to a tight fit.

Birch Bark Canoes at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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When walking about in the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Canada I expected to see a lot about the famous Canadian Birchbark Canoe. Here in one area were many of them. They were famous for use by the indigenous peoples there and by French Voyageurs who used tremendously large ones to transport a thousand pounds of goods like pelts for the Hudson Bay Company across the wilds of Canada.

Peterborough Aqua Board at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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One of the oddest and most unusual “boats” on storage in the Canadian Canoe Museum’s collection in Peterborough, Canada was the “Peterborough Aqua Board“.  This was not a canoe or kayak, but was made by the Peterborough Canoe Company as a pull behind board that people laid on or sat on or even stood on while being pulled behind a motorboat. There were no dates, captions or photos of it in use as it was in the collection storage area. You can see the worn holes in the front board where ropes had been through it.

Canoes Stored at the Canadian Canoe Museum

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At the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Canada there are huge numbers of exhibits open to the public. One area that is not public is the storage warehouse. This warehouse has hundreds of canoes stored for research and possibly repair for the future. Many are from rare famous makers and some are from famous people like Gordon Lightfoot. Here is a small view of one end of the warehouse.