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ca. 1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose

Threehouse was a meticulous craftsman with a shop on the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. While his primary occupation was that of a gunsmith, each winter during the late 1800’s and early part of the next century he built one or two canoes and sold them to the gentry for racing on the Genesee. By virtue of a very sleek hull design, these canoes were widely considered ideal for racing and pleasure - both fast and very agile.

He selected and milled all of his lumber and obviously had some fun using 8 to 10 different species in one canoe. Since all of his canoes were made to order, Threehouse used the same basic hull design and mixed up the woods a bit but gave them all names with specific wooden nameplates. He also machined all of the brass fittings.

This is an extremely rare craft as his output was thought to be 16 canoes in total of which 6 are known to remain. 4 are in private collections and the sister canoe to the Wapoose, the Owana, is now part of the Antique Boat Museum collection in Clayton, NY. The Wapoose won the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s award for Best Historic Canoe at their International Show in 2014.

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1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose

1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose 1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose
1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose 1900 Mortimer L. Threehouse Wapoose



Canoe Statistics:

Original Owner:
Arvid H. Ellsworth, then Jack Spear
Length:
16 feet
Beam (maximum):
28 inches (30 including wales)
Weight (approx):
70 lbs.
Depth (amidships):
12 inches



Woods:

Ribs, Combing and Keelson:
White Oak
Planking:
Butternut
Shearstrakes:
White Cedar
Thwarts:
Spruce
Decks:
Mahogany
Deck Caps:
Bird’s eye Maple
Outwales:
Black Cherry
Stems:
Tamarac stump wood


Restoration Details:
  • Hardware - All original
  • Floorboards - Replaced with mahogany to match original
  • Deck caps - Replaced with Bird’s eye Maple to match original
  • Hull, ribs, decks, thwarts, gunwales are all original
  • Interior hull: 6 coats of UV inhibiting Epifanes varnish
  • Exterior hull: 7 coats of UV inhibiting Epifanes varnish
  • Decks and all other components: 8 coats of Epifanes varnish

Defects Still Present:

  • There are no known defects present

Price: $12,000.00
SOLD!

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