16’ Rushton Indian Girl Canoe
Built by Northwoods Canoe Co.
A very generous member of the WCHA is offering this stunningly beautiful canoe as a fundraiser for the WCHA. Built by the Rollin Thurlow and his team at the Northwoods Canoe Co., this faithful reproduction of the Rushton Indian Girl is in essentially mint condition. All proceeds from the sale benefit the WCHA. The canoe is located near Rochester, NY.
Detailed information from the Northwoods Canoe Co. website:
The famous Canton, New York canoe designer/builder J. H. Rushton introduced the Indian Girl model in 1902. To quote Mr. Rushton, “The Indian Girl is strong, light, safe though speedy, graceful yet seaworthy.” This turn of the last century design lives up to its name and the NWCC is proud to add it to our inventory of quality reproductions. It is interesting that Rushton hired M. Roundry from the B.N. Morris Canoe Company in Veazie, Maine to build the Indian Girl. Mr Roundry had the experience to build the quality wood/canvas canoes that Rushton did not have. In the 1910s and 1920s, the Indian Girl model became extremely popular and Rushton’s best-selling canoe.
We now bring the Morris and Rushton reproductions together at our shop. We continue the Rushton history of quality construction and faithfully reproduce the Indian Girl with its standard cherry trim, a tapered stern seat, gracefully shaped stems and decks, and “D”-shaped outside rails. The Indian Girl is sleek and fast, but this historic 16-foot canoe is narrower than most people are used to today. It is a lot of fun to paddle, but be aware: it takes time to become accustomed to this design.
Specifications: RUSHTON INDIAN GIRL
Length……….. 16 feet 1 inch
Depth………… 11 inches
Beam…………. 32 inches
Bow Height … 22 inches
Weight ………. 66 lbs