|Maker||A. Bain & Co., Clayton, NY|
|Used||Raquette Lake and Long Lake|
Strip-built open paddling canoe with yoke.
Length: 11'11", Beam: 28 3/4" Weight: 40 lbs
The noted New York physician Arpad Gerster used this boat for solo trips through the Adirondacks from bases at his camps on Raquette Lake and Long Lake. He took to the waterways alone to avoid the "annoyance...suffered through the impatience of the guides, who were always in a `stew' to reach the next hotel on the route, where `grub' was awaiting them." His kit included a tent of raw China Silk and a fly made by David Abercrombie, a pair of Jaeger blankets, an air pillow, a two-pound ax, a sheath knife, a rifle, and a cooking kit of aluminum. "In 1888 aluminum was a precious metal; but, undaunted, I ordered a nest of four kettles, the largest one holding two quarts. They cost $12.00, but were worth the price," he reported.*
Gerster's canoe also came with a set of floorboards and a yoke into which he carved, in Latin, the legend "It is light because it is well borne, 1887."
The Peterborough canoe builders are the best-known nineteenth-century users of strip planking, but other builders experimented with it, too. A. Bain and Company differed from the Peterborough builders in that they used planks that were hollowed on one edge and rounded on the other. After the planks were fitted together they were edge-fastened.
see Arpad Gerster, Recollections of a New York Surgeon, 172.
|Dimensions||W-2.396 L-11.077 feet|
Gerster, Arpad Geyza
boats and boating
|Other number||AM 2564, cat. 17|