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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 7:42 am 
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I have read a statement that spray covers were used in 1966.
More importantly, I'd like to know whether they were in use in 1955.
Any idea when they were first used?
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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 11:28 am 
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I think somewhere on MYCCR this discussion was held before.
I know they were used in racing pre - 59 it will take some work to find old videos.



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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 11:44 am 
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I know the First Nations used some various forms/portions of covers.
This from the Crazy Horse Museum in South Dakota.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XiTHJ9ffXppgzrXs2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/joau5WuSDehjdM592

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LcRpnVoEXrB8qI9t2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/af3gg3Vo3iFJN2JL2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/r71pYL2X04tzc3FF3

So the idea has been around a long time.

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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 11:57 am 
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When this discussion happened before it was pointed out to me that there is some reference to covers/decks in "The Canoe - A living Tradition" by John Jennings.
(pointed out to me by Littleredcanoe)
(I still had the page marked :oops: )
Pages 201 and 215
Once you get on this mission of finding "old stuff" it is pretty neat to see how early designs both in equipment a paddle strokes have been tweaked over the years.
It is really neat to see some of the original designs still show up in modern boats.

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PostPosted: November 13th, 2017, 9:59 pm 
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1954 France CIII
These covers are really well made and tight on the canoes.
I like movies like this because it shows just what was being run back in the "olden days" :roll: :wink:



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PostPosted: February 13th, 2018, 7:48 am 
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Thanks, Jeff, for the responses.

Add-on: Does anyone know whether spray covers were used by tripping paddlers before, say, the mid-50s?
More generally, when did they come to be recognised as desirable equipment for wilderness paddling?

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PostPosted: February 13th, 2018, 4:51 pm 
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Two good questions, and tough questions at the same time.

I’m wondering if there is any canoe camping/tripping literature that would help especially in shedding light on your second add on.

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PostPosted: February 20th, 2018, 3:17 pm 
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Wood decked canoe. From 18xx to ~1950? there were wooden decked canoes.
Removable wood deck, think Rob Roy, solo and sailing canoes

Once cedar and canvas canoes appeared in the late 1800s, exterior of canvas not bark, along with mass production, less expensive, there was a rebirth of wilderness travel/use, and a loss of racing regattas and wooden decks.
The lighter cedar & canvas canoes opened prospecting, exploration, working canoes, youth camps, etc.
This was also when freighter canoes and motors appeared.
I’ll suggest this also seems like the conditions were right for spray decks/ spray covers.
Maybe try finding photos of early recreational canoe trips specifically looking for spray deck covers on canoes.
Ask people who are knowledgeable about canoe trippers of the 1950s, early adopters such as Eric Morse.

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PostPosted: February 20th, 2018, 3:59 pm 
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Camp Keewaydin were using canvas on wood canoes since their beginning in 1883. Their first commercially produced canoes were probably made by EM White who copied the building style from small local (Maine) builders.

Possibly in the Keewaydin archives there would be some mention of covers although I'm not sure if Keewaydin ever used them on their trips.

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PostPosted: February 20th, 2018, 4:36 pm 
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Thanks
I edited my post, date changed.

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PostPosted: November 28th, 2018, 11:29 am 
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Canoe with deck cover 1937 France right at the end.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/france-3/query/canoe
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