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1940's Peterborough Canoe Co. cedar strip rowing skiff 16'

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by Roger Young, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    Apologies for the last-minute notice, but I just learned today of a 16' cedar strip rowing skiff, purportedly built by Peterborough Canoe Co. in the 1940's. It is coming up for auction this Saturday, July 9th, in Napanee, ON, at Tim Potter Auctions - This boat appears to be in very good condition, has its original floor racks and two pairs of nearly-new oars.

    I checked with the Canoe Museum and was advised that during the 1940's Peterborough Canoe was selling a 16' cedar strip rowing skiff called the "Burleigh". It had a beam of 42", a depth of 15", and weighed in at 130 lbs. The boat at auction has a strong resemblance to catalogue images. Meanwhile, down the street at Canadian Canoe Co., they were turning out an identical craft called the "Trent". Same dimensions and weight.

    Auction pics are attached below. I have no connection to or ownership interest in this item. I merely flag it here for any others who do. Seems like too nice and too rare a boat to go unwanted or passed by, so I thought others here might wish to be aware. Good luck.

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  2. Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    These are wonderful boats to be on the water with, very responsive and easy to row. That one does appear to be in terrific condition too; I wish I were in a position to go after it...

  3. OP
    Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    It went to a dealer for a total of $1925 CDN (approx. $1450 US), including buyer's premium. Seems to me a pretty reasonable buy for an object that could well be appraised for closer to double that amount.
  4. Cliff Ober

    Cliff Ober Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Roger, I certainly thought it would go much higher... The oars are worth a nice chunk of that too. Oh well, maybe next time.

    I'm sitting here bummed too about missing Assembly this year; I really wanted to see your models exhibit, as well as a lot of folks we met over the last couple of years.

  5. Mkrzyzan

    Mkrzyzan Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Definitely a Peterborough - the bead feature cut into the seats was unique to them. I have an identical one in storage awaiting restoration next winter. Looking for a set of oars though!

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