Canoe Sails (was: Electronics and Navigation Workshop - CANCELLED)
That dioes sound like a great, once in a lifetime, experience, Kirk. I don't know when they started the annual tribal "canoe journeys", but that may have been one of the early ones. Oh! I just checked the Interweb and found that the first one was in 1989, so the voyage '87 was a precursor, and perhaps an inspiration:
A few years ago the Canoe Journey went to Bella Bella, which involved rounding Cape Caution. Brian was skipper of one of John McC's canoes, with a single square sail, that joined the Journey in Victoria. They got a southeaster in the Gulf of Georgia and as the canoe was flying along with the wind on its quarter he phoned John to tell him what a thrill it was -- while steering with a paddle! <g> 'Hang up and drive!" <g> One of the stories he'll tell at the Workshop, I'll bet.
IIRC, Chapelle and Adney mention in their book (or I saw it somewhere else) that the earliest records of Indian canoes with sails, on the East Coast, were rectangular spritsails, with no peak to the head. But as far as I know there are no historical records mentioning canoes with sails at first contact.
I gather from what John has told me that sails have fallen out of favor on the Canoe Journeys, and Brian is something of a pioneer in (re)introducing them.
Here are some of the canoes John McC has designed:
On 3/15/2020 11:10 AM, Cap'n Kirk wrote:
In regards to the comment about first nations canoe having sails. I was lucky enough to have been asked ... to help escort 26 canoes from Port Hardy, at the north > end of Vancouver Island, all the way tothe Pan Am Games in Victoria BC
in ‘87. That included escorting them through Seymore Narrows. ... > Some of--
History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history. (Clarence Darrow)
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