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St Antoine sur L isle, Aquitaine, France
Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
back up for sale due to time wasters
Rare as hens teeth, Stunning Canadian canoe
Its history found so far
It was built by FR Annemans in pre 1920 he was known to be active in Ghent (Gand) during the 1920s and 30s. We know that he constructed a number of International 12-foot Sailing Dinghies between 1923 and 1937. (You can see a picture of one of the last surviving ones on the 'news' page of www.12footdinghy.org)
I have an old photo that came with the canoe showing it when it still had its sail, on the back of the photo is stamped Düren 28.07.1964
the address on the plaque is boulevard des martyrs in Ghent which can't be found because the offical language in that city is now Dutch. "117 boulevard des martyrs, Gand" now reads "martelarenlaan 117, 9000 Gent" (East Flanders, Belgium). The martelarenlaan is a well known large boulevard in the south of the city. The reference to "martyrs" suggests to me the boat must be post 1918, as the boulevard was probably renamed for the WWI civil victims.
About the canoe
This stunning canoe is 4m20 long and looks to me like the planking is Mahogany, so are the gunwale and thwarts. The decks seem to be Ash. the wood is one strip running the whole length of the boat, the outside with coated with some sort of resin to make it water tight.
It has a slated floor that is place in for sitting on, it moves quite elegantly in the water and is easy to turn , i had two people with no problem, In the photo 1 ,2,3 i am giving it of coat of linseed oil, you can see the difference the outside not yet done it really shows up its quality , through once soak in looks like later photos 7/8 probably could do with varnishing to keep it looking shiny,
in the sale is the canoe , slated floor and a one piece wooden canoe paddle , unfortunately the sail is long gone but the brackets are still on the canoe and with i the help of the photo that will go with the canoe it would not be hard to re-make one. Faults/ photo 10 and 11, photo 12 on the inside) two cracks ether side in the front top of canoe see photo does not affect its water going ability and should close back up with regular linseeding She has a small hole in the front bottom where a drip of water kept falling on one of the strips of wood and about 2cmx3cm so need at plugging with a nice piece of mahogany, i could do it but prefer to let a more experienced hand do a nice job as this living piece of history is worth it and was truly loved by somebody. photo9
Once in a life time chance so don't miss out on this one , unlikely to ever find anougher one and is likely the only canoe in existence made by FR Annnemans you can can tell it was built with care by a true craftsman. it really needs a loving home , its hard to guess its true value with nothing on the market like it to compare
Please note before bidding that is canoe is in SW France we can bring it as far as Brittany France with no problem , so it can be picked up there, or contact us to see on the possibility of taking it across the water to a UK address at cost