Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Paddle Portage Method: Popular Science - August 1946

Here's an interesting method for using paddles to portage a canoe. It appeared in Popular Science - August 1946, p 155 in a brief article entitled "Canoe Paddle Holders Ease Portaging".  The method involves permanently mounting rawhide straps through a rib with screws and washers. Additional leather straps with buckles are mounted to a forward thwart.

The illustration shows a canoe without a centre thwart or yoke. Not sure I'd trust a lightweight cedar rib with 8 screws to handle the strain of portaging, though. For similar setups of using paddles to assist with portaging, see this earlier post.

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