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Views from the Stern and A Burgee on the Bow

Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Journal' started by Benson Gray, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    My Wooden Canoe Journal arrived today and I like the new Views from the Stern idea. The postcard at indicates that some other Los Angeles neighborhoods had swimming pools big enough to paddle wooden canoes in them.

    I also enjoyed Ken's article titled "A Burgee on the Bow" and would like to offer my list of canoes with burgee pole holders here.

    The 1907 Charles River model at had an unusual surface mount holder on the bow but I suspected that it wasn't original so removed it during the restoration. There are some pictures of it at and with some others.

    The 1921 Molitor model at has them on the bow and stern.

    The 1922 Molitor model at had them on the bow and stern but the stern one was lost during the restoration.

    The 1927 Otca / Centerboard Sailing Canoe model at has one on the bow.

    I found it odd that only one pair of these flag pole sockets were mentioned on the build records. This total puts me at a bit more than one out of ten but my collection is probably not a representative sample. The pictures of a staff and socket at may also interest you. I speculated there that someone with scuba gear could probably find lots of the flag pole staffs along the bottom of the Charles River and Belle Isle canals. Please keep us posted as your research progresses.

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2015
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Delivery rates are disappointing, seeing as the advance copies arrived here December 21. :(

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