Downtown Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks has many stores including outfitter stores and canoe stores. Many vehicles in town have canoes or kayaks ready for adventure as there are so many lakes, rivers and streams in the Adirondacks. The building on the left is the Saranac hotel that used to be run by Paul Smiths College. It is under construction and refurbishment.
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This “Wee Lassie” type of canoe at the WCHA (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) at Paul Smiths College, Adirondacks is a “Stripper” type. It is made of thin wood strips often of varying color like this one. There is no outer canvas and no internal rib structure as there is an invisible fiberglass/ epoxy coating over the inside and out for strength. This makes the wood totally visible and makes them incredibly light. This one is about 26 pounds. They were made famous by Mac McCarthy in his book “Featherweight Canoe Building”.
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On the front of some of the rarer wooden canoes at the WCHA (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) meeting at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks, there were decal and brass badges. These identified the builders and sometimes the stores that distributed the canoes. My favorite was the J.H. Rushton from Canton, NY on the famous “Indian Girl” canoe:
The next top one was a gold leafed decal on the mahogany deck coaming of a B.N. Morris canoe and others:
The Carleton Canoe Co. was in Old Town, Maine where Old Town Canoes were also make nearby as were the White Canoe Co.:
Two famous canoe makers in Canada, the Lakefield Boat and Manufacturing Co in Lakefield and Peterborough Canoe Co.:
Anyone heard of Aberecrombie & Fitch?
One of the oldest and most famous canoes:
At the WCHA (Wooden Canoe Heritage Association) meeting at Paul Smiths College, Adirondacks, one of the activities was to have the famous canoe builders of the club discuss canoes on “The Green”. The Green was just the large grass expanse that held hundreds of classic and older wooden canoes and guideboats. Each year there is a special brand emphasis like Old Town, BN Morris, Kennebec, and Rushton etc.
At the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) meeting in Paul Smiths, Adirondacks they had many wooden show canoes on “the Green”. This one was called “Belle” and had beautiful long decks, two tone paint, pin striping and gold leafing. This canoe was set up with a proper era phonograph (Edison?) for canoodling.
ISO 400, F/16, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens
At the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meeting in Paul Smiths College , Adirondacks they had this classic B.N.Morris Canoe from about 1900. It had its original paint coat on the canvas and original B.N.Morris decal on the deck. Even though it is all cracked, it was nice to see the original historical paint.
In the show tent at the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association meeting (WCHA) at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks , they had on display many Morris Canoe artifacts. This wooden canoe was a meticulously made half sized model of a B.N. Morris Canoe. It is about 8-9 feet long.
Closeup of the deck:
Original B.N.Morris Catalog:
Original B.N.Morris decal on the deck cowling of a full sized model: