Some Additional Illustrations


The only illustration in the original volume is a very small map frontispiece which I have scanned much larger and tweaked a little: The Route of the Two Canoeists.


Here are a few other images which might help the reader.


Watch Tackle (gun tackle purchase, luff tackle purchase), as used to get the canoes up banks and over sand dunes. I imagine they used D or E. Hooks aren't required, obviously!


E.F. Knight, in his book Small Boat Sailing, gives this information:

A LUFF-TACKLE PURCHASE has the same power as the whip-upon-whip purchase. It has one single and one double block, the standing part of the tackle being fastened to the single block. It is used for a variety of purposes, among others for the main sheet on a small cutter.


A WATCH TACKLE is a luff tackle with a tail rope some feet in length on the double block, and a hook on the single block. A watch tackle should always be kept in some convenient place on a yacht's deck, for it is employed on all sorts of odd jobs which more beef is wanted.


It is indeed almost worth an extra hand on board, so sailors dub it the 'Handy Billy.' Among other things it is useful for setting up the rigging.


It is employed as follows: the single block is hooked on to a ring-bolt on deck, or to a strop or bight of a rope secured to the bits or other strong piece of timber; while the tail of the double block is fastened by a rolling hitch to the shroud or rope which has to be hauled taut.

A Rushton Princess canoe, donated to the Adirondack Museum by a descendant of the Mr. Wilson (sic; actually Wulsin) mentioned in the book. Dr. Neidé's camp would have looked something like this.

Image from Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks by Hallie Bond, which contains an annotated catalog of boats in the museum collection. See also the Adirondack Museum library, Blue Mountain Lake, New York.


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