Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Rangeley Heritage Museum Canoe and Paddles

The Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum has a full sized bark canoe and some paddles as part of a suspended display. Like most places during these trying times, the museum is currently closed to the public. However, I was able to find a photo on TripAdvisor uploaded by the museum staff.

The paddles resemble the c1849 Passamaquoddy Ocean style paddle noted by Adney in Fig 72.

Fig 72: Adney and Chappelle
Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

Adney noted the original was carved in cedar. I myself tried this design out of a plank of yellow poplar years ago. You can read that paddle carving journey (in 4 parts) starting here. Despite being shut down for the Covid19 pandemic, the curator of the museum was able to get back in touch with me regarding the origins of the paddles and the canoe. They were built by famed builder Henri Vallaincourt of Greenville, New Hampshire.

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