Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Paddle Tumplines & Bark Canoes

Here's a vintage photo dated to 1906 showing some bark canoes at a trading camp close to Lake Temiskaming in central Ontario. Interesting construction details show that the gunnels are secured with nails instead of time consuming root lashings and the paddles are rigged with tumplines on the centre thwart for portaging.

Un campement sur les bords du lac Sharp près du lac Témiscamingue ligne du C. P. R.
L'album universel, Vol. 23, no. 1157, pp. 257 (30 juin 1906)

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