But to back up, long before I became a canoe stern addict, I had seen Thomas Eakins' painting, "Starting Out After Rail". I half thought the boat was fictitious. However, Eakins had made her look so right that I dreamed maybe such a boat existed.
|Starting Out After Rail|
|elegant deck beam|
Only recently did the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit when I had saw photos of a boat built by Dan Sutherland at the Museum. Investigation revealed these craft to be versions of the Delaware Ducker.
My edition of Howard Chapelle's American Small Sailing Craft describes this 16' boat as "a lightly built double-ended skiff" used by "market-gunners of the lower Delaware". The models varied little and were "exactly alike at both ends and were slack-bilged". A two men boat, this canoe features
|Forest and Stream: April 21, 1887|
|Selena II. A large Crosby design catboat.|
|the museum's Hooper Straight Light and Skipjack|
In the light breezes we were sailing around Selena II. Her current captain is the original boat owner's grand daughter.
Sitting in the aft portion of the cockpit I was surprised at how balanced the boat was. Both sail and board are way forward. The steering was quite easy on all points. After 1.5 hrs we returned to the pier, left the rig, and went rowing. Again, the boat moved almost effortlessly. She is the best boat I've rowed really.
|the 1888 Lawley designed 30' cutter "Elf"|
Back at the pier I took detail photos of the skiff.
|floors and sheet block|
|in the bow|
|rudder and tiller|
Wanting to beat the traffic home, I was quickly on the road, but not before checking out "Greenbriar". Hanging in the shop rafters, I got a few pics of her up close.
|It was a great day. Ducker on the left.|