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Object Name Iceboat
Date 1870-1940
Material Wood
Description Ice Punt built by an unknown builder in the Raquette Lake area.
L: 12' 2" (with handles: 14' 3") B: 36" Wt:

Builders developed this craft for travel over Adirondack waterways in the spring and fall when the ice was unreliable. It was a sledge as the skipper pushed it over the ice; if the ice gave way it became a punt and he jumped aboard and rowed. It is probably a home-made boat, with handles borrowed from a plow or cultivator. The builder cleverly used the sheer strake as a seat riser.

The ice punt was also known in the Thousand Islands region to the north of the Adirondacks. This one was found at William West Durant's Camp Pine Knot, where it was used to navigate Raquette Lake. Pine Knot stands on a point with no road access, and all supplies must still come across the water.
Notes 12' 2" x 36.25"
Dimensions W-3.021 L-14.25 feet
Collection BBB520
Catalog Number 1957.115.0001
Other number cat. 184
Imagefile 051\1957.115.0001.JPG
Species Iceboat
Owned by Durant, W.W.