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Where to See Sailing Canoes:
Museum Collections

 




Detail of Rushton Vesper model sailing canoe at Adirondack Museum.

Photo by Daniel Miller.


Gleaned from the MSCA Union List of Watercraft.

Name

Length

Builder

Built

Penobscot Marine Museum
(Searsport, ME)

 

 

--

16'

Rushton Vesper type

1915

 

Antique Boat Museum (Clayton, NY)

 

 

--

12'

Rushton Vesper type

 

Adelanta

16' 1"

.......

1893

--

12' 10"

A. Bain & Co.

 

--

15' 10"

Lakefield Canoe Co.

 

--

15'

Ruggles

 

--

16' 9"

Rushton

 

 

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)

 

 

Urchin
(ACA Sailing Canoe)

12'

Underwood

1880

Also, photo collection from 1880-90s ACA meets.  

 

 

Adirondack Museum
(Blue Mountain Lake, NY)

 

 

Nomad

16'

Rushton

 

Diana

14'

Rushton

1882-85

Wasp

16'

Stevens  

 

--

16'

Rushton

1903-06

--

16'

Rushton

1893-1900

--

13' 1"

Rushton

 

--

13' 1"

Rushton or Spaulding?

1880-83

 

New York State
Historical Association
(Cooperstown, NY)

 

 

Holds the American Canoe Association Historic Picture Collection, including material from such noted canoeists as C. Bowyer Vaux and W.P. Stephens.

 

Marine Museum
of Upper Canada

(Toronto, ONT)

 

 

We4

16'

Gilbert Motor Co.

1910-15

 

Bruce Mines Museum (Ontario)

 

 

Yakaboo
(rudderless sea cruiser)

17'

W.F. Stevens & Frederick Fenger

1910

 

Museum of Yachting
(Newport, RI)

 

 

Theta
(early ULDB design)

20'

P. Ellam

 

 

The Mariner's Museum
(Newport News, VA)

 

 

Little Sunshine

15' 6"

James Everson (Shadow model)

 

Much Quicker

16'

H. Lansing Quick

 

 

Maine Maritime Museum (Bath, ME)

 

 

Whynyms

18' 5"

James Bernier

1897

 

Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, CT)

 

 

Kestrel

15' attr. W.P. Stephens

189x

 

Argonaut

16'

Rushton Vesper model

1910

Mermaid

16'

W.F. Stevens & Gilbert

1923

Bee

16'

W.F. Stevens & Paul Butler

1890

Teal II

17'

Max Anderson (Sweden)

1953

Foam

17' 1"

Uffa Fox & Seth Persson

1938

Doris

17' 1"

Peterborough Canoe Co.

1905

Skitch

17' 2"

Willits Bros.

1937

Patsy Green

16' 3"

Robertson

 

Blackbird

20'

ACA Class A canoe

1930

--

16' 4"

Rushton Nomad model

 

Rob Roy type

12'

--

1880

 

 

 

 

Other:

 

 

 

--

15' 2"

sailing canoe

 

--

15'

James Everson

 

--

15' 11"

Canadian Canoe Co.

 

--

13'

Rushton

 

--

17'

Max Anderson (Sweden)

 

--

17' 1"

Louis Whitman

1970

--

18' 6"

Starling Burgess

 

--

11' 8"

attr. Old Town Canoe Co.

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

 

 

 

Half Moon
(canoe yawl)

18' 3"

Akester, Barlow, & Salisbury

1930

--

16' 8"

Klepper (Germany) folding canoe or kayak

1936

Oriole

15' 1"

Delaware ducker

Duckers are lapstrake open boats, part whaleboat and part canoe.

--

15'

Delaware ducker

--

14' 10"

Delaware ducker

Mystic also has the W.P. Stephens Collection, which includes material from the Humber Canoe Club and from Stephens' long friendship with Albert Strange.

 

National Maritime
Historic Park

(San Francisco, CA)

 

 

--

19' 3"

sailing canoe

 

 

Lake Champlain
Maritime Museum

(Vergennes, VT)

 

 

--

--

Rushton

 

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Canoe Sailing Organizations

 

  • National Sailing Committee of the American Canoe Association
    • Publishes The Canoe Sailor for a small donation of $5 or $10. Contact Marilyn Vogel, 2210 Finland Rd, Green Lane, PA 18054.
       
  • Canadian Canoe Sailing Association.
    • Not much information here yet, but stay tuned for more - it looks to be a good site. This site will also be home to the historic sailing canoe plans archive.
       
  • UK Open Canoe Sailing Group
    • A source of information and kindred souls rather than a vendor of plans. Eight newsletters a year and meetings. Motto: "Sail when you can, paddle when you must!" £9.00 per year. John Bull published an on-line newsletter which was here.

      1 St Mary's Walk St Albans AL4 9PD UK
       

  • Swedish International Canoe Page
     
  • US International Canoe
    • The thoroughbred of racing sailing canoes that carry 10 square meters of sail. The IC is an open design class, which allows for some experimentation. The Association publishes the International Canoesletter.
       
  • The Carib Canoe Project
    • GliGli is a 35' sailing dugout canoe sailing around and out of Dominica.
  • Bruce Mines Museum (Fenger's Yakaboo)


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