Canoe shelter with tarp, paddles, & pole
It was fun to rig up and got me curious to search out images of other temporary shelters rigged up in a similar manner. One of my favourites is this photo dated to the 1860's of a Maliseet canoe camp. The bark canoe is propped onto its side with a tarp supported by their poles & fishing spears...
Campsite at Blue Mountain on a bend of the Tobique River c. 1862.
(Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, P5-253)
Canoeing, sailing and motor boating by Warren H. Miller (1919) has an image (p.145) featuring a comfortable canoe camp, where the hull of the canoe serves as a headboard of sorts and shelving for various supplies. The tarp is being lifted with a canoe pole...you can just see a metal shoe at the base. While this looks too permanent with the cots and bedding, the setup looks tempting to me next time I'm poling...
Boy's Life, March 1944
An image from Hesketh Prichard's enthralling read, Through Trackless Labrador (1911). Here a complete absence of trees meant improvising a shelter to escape the wind.
Through Trackless Labrador (p. 70)
Edward Breck's 1908 publication, The Way of the Woods, has a basic setup of a propped up canoe on pg. 75
Sketched image from The Way of the Woods (1908)
I found the source of this artistic image when perusing through the 1910 online version of In the Maine Woods (p.40) on Archive.org.
Boy's Life, April 1957 has a brief writeup on Lean-To Shelters including a sketch of a canoe shelter with a rigged tarp and forked sticks holding up the overturned canoe. It looks comfy only because the paddlers are tiny kids - no way I'd fit under an overturned canoe like this...
Boy's Life, April 1957
This one from Popular Science, May 1962 seems a little too involved, but at least the canoe is ready to portage after breaking camp...
Popular Science, May 1962
For a modern day look, check out some of the great photos over at Path of the Paddle Canoeing & Bushcraft of their various tarp shelter setups