Old Struer kayak on show at St Katherine’s Dock


With the Olympics taking place nearby at Hackney, most people probably haven’t noticed an exhibition at St Katherine’s Dock – but Intheboatshed.net regular Chris Brady dropped by and found this hand-made Struer kayak, which a proud Danish exhibitor explained had been used by a Gold Medal winner in the 1948 Olympics.

The exhibitor added that it is still the fastest in the world.

Despite the unreliable-sounding claim about its speed, I think this ‘kajak‘ is an impressively modern-looking item. Does anyone know the story of this type of canoe, or how it was made?

Chris comments that the Danish have largely taken over a large part of the St Katherine’s Dock area, which as well as the exhibition itself also features stalls for promoting tourism, food, design and Lego – and includes a 12ft high Lego working wind generator and a gigantic Lego model of the entire Olympic Park.