I’ve been asked to look at a couple of boats regarding repairs. I went to see them yesterday, and although I had been forewarned, I was most impressed by what I saw. 1st up, a Peterborough rib. Model 4, Grade Cedar rib, # 488 The silver presentation plaque notes it was given to: Jack Beresford from Ontario Comand of the Canadian Legion B.E.S.L for services rendered in British sportsmanship. Hamilton. Ontario August 20 1930 Jack Beresford was a British rower who won five medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver)at five Olympic Games in succession. This record in Olympic rowing was not matched until 2000 when Sir Steve Redgrave won his sixth Olympic medal at his fifth Olympics In Hamilton, 1930, he won silver at the British Empire Games, in the single skulls. The services to British sportsmanship were, I imagine, based on his success as a rower after being injured in the first world war which cut short his promising rugby career. This boat looks in really good condition. It does need no gunnels as it has a bit of worm damage, but otherwise first impressions suggest a good clean and varnish. This was the boat I’ve brought home with me. The 2nd boat was a Peterborough longitudinal strip, Canadien model, #1427 8021 This had been worked on before, having the outer stems repaired (after a fashion) and having had the outside sanded. I’ll need to look carefully to workout how much of the nail heads remain. Two other boats caught my eye. A poor condition cedar canvas which was the most elegant canoe I’ve ever seen. This belongs to a ‘family friend’ but I hope I can work on it - just so I can take a cheeky test paddle. The decks look familiar, and I could see no identification on it. If anyone has any thoughts on identification, please let me know. Finally, hanging up in the boat shed in the gloom was a birchbark canoe. This had been given by the family of a friend who had died. I didn’t take any photos!!! It looked in great condition but I couldn’t really see. I’ve been promised a bit of information about it. I was asked about using it - I said I wasn’t really sure, but if it was to last and be enjoyed, it needed to get wet. Was I right about this?