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Cruising Canoe and Its Outfit, The (Pub. No. 5511)

reprinted from Harper's New Monthly Magazine, April 1878.

When John MacGregor, of the Inner-Temple, published his entertaining account of the Rob Roy's thousand-mile voyage on the lakes and rivers of Europe, he established canoeing as a summer pastime. The idea was not new; it was older than authentic history; but he gave it an overhauling and brushing up that brought it out in a form that was wonderfully attractive. The Rob Roy was so diminutive that her captain was able to transport her on horseback, but what she accomplished made her quite as famous as any ship of her Majesty's navy. The English canoe fleet was soon numbered by hundreds. The crank Rob Roy was superseded, as a sailing canoe, by the Nautilus, and many voyages, under an endless variety of conditions, have since been accomplished. Canoe clubs were organized, and in an incredibly brief time canoeing became in Great Britain a national pastime. The introduction of canoeing in the United States may be said to have taken place in 1870, when the New York Canoe Club was founded by William L. Alden. The Indian birch and dug-out, it is true, belong to the canoe group, but they are, at best, rude craft, unfit for general cruising, and had long before gone into disuse, and come to be valued only as relics of an uncivilized condition. Americans have enthusiastically adopted the pastime, and it is only a question of time when canoes will be as frequently seen on our bays, lakes, and rivers as sail and row boats. Besides our long coast-line, we have an immense system of inland waters, a great part of which is as yet unexplored, and can not for years be explored by any other craft than the light and easily portaged canoe. There is no one of the States in which long cruises may not be made.

16 pages

Perfect Canoe, The (Pub. No. 5636)

Reprnted from Harper's New Monthly Magazine

Heinrich Heine, when contemplating a monograph on the "Feet of the Women of Gottingen," announced that he should discuss first, "feet in general;" second, "feet amont the ancients;" third, the "feet of elephants;" and fourth, the "feet of the women of Gottingen." In discussing the modern cruising canoe it will be necessary to speak of canoes in gneral, and of canoes among the early imitators of MacGregor whose first canoe, though now only ten years old, represents the extreme antiquity of the modern canoe.

21 pages

Make Your Own Paddles (Pub. No. 7825)

by Wm. C.B. Richards

You can replace the lost or broken paddle for your kayak or canoe with one or both of the types described here. Length of single paddle (Figs. 1 and 2) should be the same as your height. Make any change of length in shaft when you draw profile and edge patterns on pattern paper or cardboard. Trace or paste on wood and cut on band saw, watching the edge cut for squareness. Draw knife and spokeshave will knock off corners to an octagon, then to round or elliptical shape, and to rib effect along blade. A small convex sole plane will be useful in making slight concavity in blade to develop rib. Each line flows into another for a well turned and balanced paddle, very quick on the recovery stroke. Scrape and sand; use straight varnish for both priming and finishing coats.

2 page(s)

How to Read and Run a River (Pub. No. 7872)

by A.J.(Jib) McMasters

There are two aspects to the art of river boating. One is knowing how to handle your boat. But being a good boatman involves more than just being a good boat handler when you’re on moving water. So No. 2 is being able to recognize the changing characteristics of the water itself. Fluency in reading water encompasses several basics. You need to be able to distinguish the course of a river’s current, its speed, the lay of obstacles and how to tell which of several possible routes is easiest. While the emphasis here is on fast water, the principles involved apply to all river boating. Fast water simply exaggerates the forces at work.

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