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Object Name Canoe, Sailing
Date 1880-1883
Artist Rushton, John Henry, 1843-1906
Maker Rushton, John Henry
Material Wood
Used Long Lake and Raquette Lake
Description Open sailing canoe with floorboards and Radix centerboard. Cedar planking, varnished inside and out. Two sets of seat cleats. No seats. Mast holes in both decks but no sailing hardware or rig.
Length: 13' 1"B:eam 31"Wteigh: 57 lbs
Built by J.H. Rushton, Canton, 1883

When Arpad Gerster ordered this boat from J.H. Rushton, the sailing canoes popular with most canoeists had much longer decks, leaving only a five- or six-foot-long cockpit in which the skipper sat. An open boat like this one was lighter. This one has copper flotation tanks fore and aft which helped offset the dangers of swamping. It was paddled with a double-bladed paddle and had two "modified Bailey" sails, a type of gaff rig popular with canoeists. The centerboard may be a later addition to the boat, since open sailing canoes were offered in the Rushton catalogs by 1877, but folding centerboards weren't available until 1882.
This boat would have been classified by the American Canoe Association as a "paddleable sailing canoe." The tumblehome sides make it easier to paddle. It originally had two mahogany plank seats for two paddlers both of whom used double-bladed paddles. Gerster sailed and paddled it on trips away from his camp on Raquette Lake until one day a guide, "young, strong and brainless, started to pull water-filled canoe ashore and impact of water tore off planking from stern piece." The boat was repaired, but shortly thereafter Gerster acquired a similar boat in good condition; see 62.67.66.
Notes 13' 1" x 31", 57lbs.
Dimensions W-2.583 L-13.083 feet
Collection BBB140A
People Gerster, Arpad Geyza
Search Terms boats and boating
Long Lake
Raquette Lake
Catalog Number 1956.061.0004
Other number AM 2566, cat. 57
Imagefile 051\1956.061.0004 COLOR.JPG
Species Canoe, Sailing
Owned by Gester, Arpad, and Gerster, John C. A.