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World's Oldest Birchbark Canoe...maybe

Discussion in 'Birchbarks, Dugouts and Primitive Craft' started by Murat V, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Murat V

    Murat V LOVES Wooden Canoes

    The net's been abuzz with the rediscovery of an old canoe from an estate in Cornwall, UK.



    Apparently, it is thought to be more than 250 years old and was brought to Cornwall by Lt. John Enys who fought in Quebec during the American War of Independence.

    Until now, I believe the earliest surviving bark canoe was the famous Grandfather Akwetin canoe, a 6 meter Maliseet Ocean canoe estimated to be 185 years old and "re-discovered" in Ireland.

    Apparently no one definitively knows this new canoe's tribal origins, but I thought there was a resemblance in the stem profile and gore cut pattern to the Penobscot canoe mentioned in the online article in the literature sections of the site


    It'll be headed to the Canadian Canoe Museum for more research and possible display in September 2011...exciting stuff for us bark canoe lovers!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010
  2. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    John Enys

    There is a fair bit on John Enys in wikipedia:

    Also his journal was published:

    The American Journals of Lt. John Enys, John Enys and Elizabeth Cometti (editor), Syracuse University Press 1976

    The 29th Regt O' Foot is famous or infamous around these parts for their role in the Boston Massacre, 1770, although John joined the regiment after this event.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  3. Alex Guthro

    Alex Guthro LOVES Wooden Canoes

  4. BLK

    BLK Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

  5. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Thanks to those who posted about this find-- I love the whole story, from the officer's decision to take a canoe home with him to the repatriation to Canada. And the canoe looks wonderful!
  6. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

  7. BLK

    BLK Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for the correction

    I was wondering why the picture looked like an intact canoe when the article said that it was in two pieces.
  8. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    The Enys Birchbark Canoe

    There is a very well done story by Henri Vaillancourt documenting this canoe in the latest edition of WoodenBoat. September/October 2011, Number 222.

  9. beaver

    beaver Birchbark CanoeingBuilder

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