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Haskell Boat Co., Ludington, MI info wanted

Discussion in 'Paddles and Paddle Making' started by Roger Young, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    A friend of mine recently came across a lovely older pair of paddles by the Haskell Boat Company of Ludington, MI. see photos. Does anyone have any info on this company or its products? My friend believes these are early 1900's, and bought them from a chap who had owned them for 40+ years. Thanks.

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are three Haskell catalogs in the Historic Collection available at from 1917, 1918, and circa 1923. The last one describes "The Redskin Paddle" as shown below. Another one of their catalog pages is shown at here. There has been some discussion of this company here at and in about 20 other threads. The 1943 article at,552508 lists 1917 as the date when Henry Haskell's "experiments led to the building and sale of the one-piece canoe bearing his name." Nice find,


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  3. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac In Memoriam

    Benson beat me to the punch, but he's got it right. Haskell built 1-piece plywood canoes in Ludington, MI, from about 1917 until about 1931, and paddles. I have been restoring a Haskell canoe, but have never seen a Redskin paddle. Any chance you'd part with yours? Tom McCloud
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Roger Young

    Roger Young display sample collector

    Thanks Benson and Tom for the quick response which I am certain my friend will appreciate. As he has just bought the paddles, I don't think they'll be for sale anytime soon - more likely destined to be hung on the walls of his new home. He will appreciate the background info.

  6. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    And here you can see an artists rendition on the cover of the 1930 Haskell catalog (which has undergone some unfortunate differential UV fading...)

    And you got your "Genuine Red Skin Paddle" Free! for cash with order... Order Direct from Factory, only $25 down, balance easy payments.... (Canoe cost $79.50). Order form enclosed!

    Not only that, but they show photos of throwing a Haskell canoe out of a second story window of the factory.... "Can you imagine any wood-ribbed canvas covered canoe being "Tested" by being thrown from a second story window to the hard ground below?"

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