Vintage canoe research project.
Description of the canoe.
Type of construction: Wide-board-and-batten decked sailing
Name of boat: Dora
Manufacturer: O. L. Hicks, circa 1915-1923
|Bow to stern across the top
|Bow to stern at the longest spot
|Beam at mast position
|Forward mast position from bow
|Stern mast position from stern
|Bow covered area extent
|Stern covered area extent
|Forward mast height
- Decking and planks are basswood.
- Decking is attached with brass flat head screws.
- Planking runs parallel to the keel line, full length, not
tapered. Not sure of the material used – possibly red or Spanish
- Each section from keel to gunwale is made of four planks: the
garboard (keel plank) is 7 inches wide, the next plank is 5 1/4 inches wide,
the side plank is 4 3/4 inches wide and the gunnel plank is 5 ½ inches
- Battens are made of brass and run the full length of the canoe
and are under the ribs (when seen from the inside of the canoe).
- There 60 ribs which are half-round, 3 inches on centre.
- Planks are attached to the ribs with brass nails.
- Bow and stern have 1/4 inch brass keel protectors which run
continuously from a point 16 inches in on the top deck to a point 32 inches
along the keel. They are attached with brass flat head screws.
- There are no seats or thwarts. Stability is provided by
forward and aft arched deck braces.
- Two boards sit on top of the ribs, on either side of the
inboard keel to provide a kneeling or sitting surface when paddling or sailing.
- 115 is stamped on the keelson fore and aft, 14 ribs from the
- A stamp is burned into the port, inboard side of the canoe
just below the gunwale at the centre of the boat. It is believed to be that of
the rental company Hicks & Son for which the canoe was built or was
- A builder's stamp is burned into the starboard, inboard side
of the canoe just below the gunwale at the centre of the boat.