Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fishing Canoe

Today's picture is from the late 1800's and shows two men after a successful fishing trip in a canoe. Notice that the canoe is outfitted with a rather comfortable looking chair. The shore is well laid out to get in and out of the boat, and it looks like they could just about do so without getting their feet wet. The picture was taken at Lake Gogebic, in Michigan. The fish are black bass.


  1. Wow what a catch!
    I notice they are wearing suits and a hat. I suppose that explains everything.

    The boat is very graceful.

  2. An impressive haul of fish. I've never fished from such a comfy looking seat. I wonder if one of the gents was a guide?
    Being a native Michigander, I'll add that Lake Gogebic (Indian word) is Michigan's largest inland lake and is found in the western Upper Peninsula. Over 13,000 acres of lake with 36 miles of shoreline. Looks like a beautiful place to fish.
    -Anne K.

  3. The oar locks would suggest that it is not a canoe but a row boat

  4. What's more, it's a swivel chair. That is really cool.

  5. I wonder if that isn't what they call a pirogue?

  6. The boat is neither a canoe nor a piroque. It is close to the shape of a whitehall, but whitehalls were always carvel-built boats. (The planks in such boats butt against each other). This boat is a lapstrake boat, in which the planks overlap each other like clapboars on a house. Lapstrake-style boats are sometimes referred to as "clinker-built" boats). Lake Gogebic is a very large freshwater lake in the Upper Peninsula, north of Wisconsin, and for that reason, the boat probably came from elsewhere. Further study is required. Please keep pictures of boats coming!


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