The last picture shows this rudder with the Old Town rudder from another 18' in front for contrast. Also, the next to last shows a logo painted on. Anyone recognize it? There is a rectangular plate on the bow deck with the number 312 which I assume might be a livery number. The tiller mechanism looks to be home-made using an oarlock, but quite sophisticated. The horns on the rudder and tiller were connected with steel cables and the location shown is accurate. The mast step and partner are not as refined and much overbuilt. It came without mast, spars, sails, or leeboards. I would assume that it carried a rather large sail. The canoe was shipped to R. C. Price & Co. at the foot of Federal St., Pittsburgh, PA on June 23, 1937. Any ideas and information would be appreciated.
It has occurred to me that the reason for this extra large rudder may be an attempt to counteract a balance problem. Page 177 of Todd Bradshaw's book "Canoe Rig - The Essence and the Art" describes the dynamics of this. I have had to get a larger rudder for my 1927 sailing canoe described at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=3994 to correct a "weather helm" problem.