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Carleton carry thwarts?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by mccloud, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. mccloud

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac

    I've been working on a 1924 Carleton 16-footer. It had one carry thwart at the bows. Some pictures that Howie posted of a Carleton he finished show two carry thwarts, but maybe that was a 17-footer??
    Would a 16 foot Carleton have left the factory with only one carry thwart at the bows, or did it have two? TM..
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Typically Carletons only had a bow carry thwart. If it had two, than it may have started life as a sponson canoe, which had carry thwarts at both ends.
  3. Howie

    Howie Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Yup... I believe Dan's right. I've restored (or had my hands on) 3 Carleton's. The one that once had sponsons had 2 carry thwarts, the others had 2. Seems to me they're a good idea as you can lift the canoe by the front carry thwart and the rear seat. Saves the decks. Plus they make a handy place to tie a rope to.
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  5. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoe Maniac

  6. OP

    mccloud "Tiger Rag" back on the tidal Potomac

    Thanks, Guys. One carry thwart it will be. With the rot to the inwales near the stern I wasn't sure there ever was a thwart there. And the deck had been re-positioned at some point. TM...

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