Interesting Old Town Paddling Canoe

Kathryn Klos

squirrel whisperer
Looked up a canoe currently for sale on eBay and found it to be a model I hadn't seen before--- the paddling canoe. I attached the scan below. The canoe is 15 feet (looks longer in the listing!)-- a guide special grade with open spruce gunwales, oak decks, seat frames and thwarts, a keel and sponsons. In the picture it has half ribs, outside stems and a keelson... those things may be indicated on the record but simply don't show up in the scan (sometimes quotation marks look like smudges and vice-versa).

I'm not planning to bid but am curious about this model. It's pictured with an outboard motor and appears to be built for that option... so, why call it a "paddling" canoe?

Also, is the ring on the front an example of a bob stay?

Attached picture of canoe is from the listing below:


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Kathryn Klos said:
why call it a "paddling" canoe? Also, is the ring on the front an example of a bob stay?

The complete model name is "Square-End Paddling Canoe" as shown on page 14 of the 1932 catalog so I suspect that the person filling out the build record just didn't want to try writing the full name in that small space. The record shown at shows the difficulty of using a more complete name.

The original build record does not specify a painter ring or bob stay so this was probably added after it left the factory. The location is consistent with a typical painter ring since a bob stay would usually be much closer to the water line.

I had a 1938 square stern paddling canoe that was 15' long and had sponsons. I restored it without the sponsons. There is a photo of it on my website. I don't know why it is called a paddling canoe. It came with swivel lock oar locks. I suppose it could have been paddled, but it was a real tank and would have been much easier to row. Wish I still had it.......would have made a dynamite row trolling boat for muskie fishing.