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While I’m thinking about canoes, here are some more killer links made available via the Web by Craig O’Donnell, a man whose Cheap Pages have become a point of pilgrimage for those fascinated by the canoeing Victorians and Edwardians.
I’d like to start with Practical Canoeing by Tiphys. This really is a gem – a reasonably light and short piece of material to read, but packed with details about hulls, rigging, fittings and the rest.
Now check out the range of on-line eBooks Craig has put up at Cheap Pages for us:
•The Canoe Aurora by Charles Neid. Travelling from Lake George to Pensacola via the Mississippi in 1882.
•Canoe Cruising and Camping by Perry Frazer. A how-to guide, published in 1885 and 1897.
•Alone in the Caribbean by Frederic Fenger. A sailing canoe sailing among the islands, first published 1911. This is a legend among sailing canoe cruises, and this eBook includes photos from the 1919 edition.
•Reefing Schemes for Battened Sails, text and drawings from Canoe Handling by C B Vaux, published in 1885.
There… that should keep you busy for a while!
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