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Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by MGC, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    The sheer clamp implies south of the border.

    Compare this canoe with the (for example) catalog page attached, from the Spalding St. Lawrence Boat Company, which was located in Ogdensburg.

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  3. OP

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Yes, I see what you are referring to and your comment makes sense. 18 miles from Canton, 3/4 of a mile from all blends. What are the production dates for Spalding?
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Company began as A. Bain & Co. in Clayton. It's succession is as follows:

    A. Bain & Co., Clayton - 1878-1888
    St. Lawrence River Skiff, Canoe & Steam Launch Co., Clayton - 1888-1895
    Spalding St. Lawrence Boat Co., Ogdensburg - 1895-1905
    Leyare Boat Works, Ogdensburg - 1905-1913
    (Hiatus while Joseph Leyare was in Buffalo building airplanes with Glen Curtis)
    St. Lawrence Boat Works, Ogdensburg - 1917-? (among other canoes and boats, was building on Rushton IG molds).
  5. OP

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Interesting...subject matter expert has been found!!

    Did you ever see the 23 foot St. Lawrence River Skiff I had behind my fathers barn?
    That was a boat house find on a Rideau Island.
  6. Paul Miller

    Paul Miller Canoe Nut


    I noticed the plank was not tapered on the canoe in the ad here on the site and it appears the same in the picture from the catalog you posted. Am I seeing it correctly?

  7. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Paul, it does appear that way. Hard to tell for sure, but it looks like the difference in girth was made up with a combination of football-shaped garboards and a sheerstrake that flares at the stems.

    MGC, hard not to become a little familiar with River builders, living and working in their old stomping grounds. No, never did see your skiff.

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