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Rushton Indian restoration

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by ticonderoga, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. ticonderoga

    ticonderoga "Just one more"

    I am at the beginning stages of this restoration and have found a few different methods of construction. In the 1901 catalog Rushton states "all exposed fastenings copper or brass". I found this to be exactly true when I took off the top row of planking to get to the rib tops in order to replace a few ribs. The ribs were attached to the inner gunwales using two 1/2" steel tacks that were rusted in place. The top planking was also held on with both copper tacks as well as 3/8" finish nails along the top edge. Maybe this use of steel fasteners was to cut cost on these first "prototype" wood canvas canoes, or did he use steel fasteners on his other boats of this time period? Anyway it was tough to get to get these out and replace them with copper tacks and silicon bronze ring nails.
  2. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

    I've found iron nails in inc. IG's....iron attaching the ribs/rails and also one through the stem tips. All the rest is copper (tacks) and brass (screws).
  3. OP

    ticonderoga "Just one more"

    Thanks for the info. I'm glad to find out that is the way he made all of them and not just mine. I guess he didn't worry about anyone restoring this boat 115 years after he built it! Thanks Joe
  4. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Hi. I've come across a canoe that I'm thinking may be a 15' Rushton Indian. Is this the canoe that you have? Indian - not Indian Girl. If so could you send me pictures? I'm particularly interested in pics without the canvas as I'm want to look at its construction. Also, please have pics of the decks & seats. My understanding is that the rear seat was NOT trapezoid shaped like the Girl had.

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