I have an unrestored Bowdish sailing canoe with a builder's tag "Bowdish Mfg. Co.". We have only the mast and rudder, no rigging. Does anyone have information or designs? The canoe measures 17'.
I would love to see photos of your canoe. There are only a few of these known to survive... Bowdish Mfg. Co. dates are 1888-1899. I have a fair amount of historical stuff about Bowdish that I'll have to rummage through. You'll probably want to get in touch with Douglas Fowler, he knows as much about these as just about anybody...
Douglas Fowler, Sailmaker (00)
1182 East Shore Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Quality fully designed canoe sails a specialty. Extremely knowledgeable concerning any antique sailing canoe and its rigging. Sails only - no spars or hardware. Sailmaking since 1972. Will supply information concerning the restoration of antique decked sailing canoes.
Thanks for posting the photos - great boat! It is most likely what Bowdish called their "Cayuga" model boat. Their will be more information in the CD collection you ordered, but here is one of the catalog pages to whet your appetite...