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“The Upper Great Lakes Regional Assembly”

Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Events' started by ken.kelly, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. ken.kelly

    ken.kelly LOVES Wooden Canoes

    August 3 & 4 in Marquette, Mich. About as close to the Great White North as you can in the US...or in Michigan anyway.

    I expect the UP Mich Chapter will soon fill in many details on this event. I just wanted to post that I'll be staying at the Marquette Motor Lodge. Haven't been there before but it has good on-line reviews, is relatively inexpensive, and they were nice on the phone. If you're not camping and this place looks good to you then let's see if we can fill it up with WCHAers.

    Looking forward to this mini-assembly.
  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Our Regional Assembly promises to be a huge event--- there are more than 50 canoes slated to arrive, from places that include New Jersey and Ontario as well as places more midwestern. Many folks from the Lower Michigan and Wisconsin Chapters will be here. See attached flyer for information.

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  3. Jan Bloom

    Jan Bloom LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I will be crossing the Bridge Thursday morning. Camping out in the Park with my canoe crazy Husky as the dog sitter was busy and couldn't take her.
  4. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    My daughter and I will be tent-camping with our two dog-boys, Bert and Charlie. Nights can be a bit chilly, and having a dog helps with that! Glad you'll both be coming!
  5. OP

    ken.kelly LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Can't wait for this great event Kathy, Craig & Judy Kitchen. Bringing 3 canoes
    1. Short deck, torpedo nose 1915 Kingsbury "K"
    2. 60" deck, circa 1915+ Charles River "Dodo"
    3. just restored 18' Morris Molitor "Belle" for her in-water christening...bringing toast the launch, not break on the bow.
    See you Friday afternoon if all goes well.

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  6. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    Yay! champagne! I'll drink to the christening! Your boats are so perfect and beautiful! We will be leaving on Thursday and getting in toward evening.
  7. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Craig Kitchen and I will be interviewed on the local TV station (Ch. 6) Friday morning. I think our event will be a big hit with the local population.
  8. Paul Miller

    Paul Miller Canoe Nut

    Nice Morris Ken,

    The deck combing and king plank look very similar to those of a 1926 OT Molitor I have. Mine has a rub rail too, but does not bend up to the sheer.

    That brings up that discussion of Burt making canoes for or at OT.

    I can't tell that much detail of yours' but here a picture of mine.

    I'm bring an 18' Morris also, but not quite so fancy.

    See you guys Friday,


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  9. OP

    ken.kelly LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Hi Paul,
    Glad you are coming up for this event and look forward to seeing your Morris. Is the one you're bringing the one in these photos? It would be fun to see them side by side - as they have so many similarities - and we could search for the differences.

    Kathy - has the Molitor you recently sold been delivered yet or is it still with you in Marquette? It would be fun to have it to compare too.

    See you Friday,
  10. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    The Morris Molitor I sold will be at the regional assembly! The buyer will be picking it up there (he also attended the national assembly). So, we can compare Morrises! This should be very valuable for the buyer too.

    From what I've seen and heard, the very-early OT Molitors-- those sent to CJ Molitor in Detroit in his first shipment after the Morris factory fire-- were made with pocketed ribs, etc., just like the ones that came from the Morris factory. This happened because workers from Morris went to Old Town-- not only to build this particular canoe, but because they needed the work. We don't know for sure how much Bert Morris or his brother Charlie might have helped with this. I've heard that Charlie built all-woods for Old Town, and Bert apparently spent the last four years of his life building who-knows-what from a corner of the OT factory.

    Later Molitors didn't have pocketed ribs and had open gunwales. Can't remember when the Molitors went to open wales (but I have all the build records). OT stopped making this older-type of Molitor in the late '20s. CJ Molitor ordered a Molitor from OT after he gave up his canoe livery... I discovered this in an eye-straining bit of research in the OT build records. The canoe had open wales and a colorful design (his canoes from OT had been solid-colors). I figure this was a canoe he ordered for himself.
  11. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I'm currently at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI, leading a canoe restoration course. I will be headed to Marquette on Friday and hope to arrive at the campsite before dark.... Can't wait to see you all!
  12. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    The Michigan Chapter having dinner at the Wild Rover in Marquette Michigan for the Upper Great Lakes Regional Assembly. Mini Assemably 2013 004.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 005.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 006.jpg
  13. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    Upper Great Lakes Regional Assembly

    Canoes on the green. Mini Assemably 2013 013.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 014.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 016.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 019.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 021.jpg
  14. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    More pics...
    Mini Assemably 2013 022.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 024.jpg Dave and Roxie Wermuth's newest canoe from Ferdy Goode Mini Assemably 2013 025.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 026.jpg
  15. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    a few more....

    Ken Kelly demonstrating Traditional Canadian Solo Paddling Mini Assemably 2013 033.jpg

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  16. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    Mini Assemably 2013 043.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 045.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 045.jpg
    Michigan's Bill Hart and Kathy Klos demonstrating tandem paddling Mini Assemably 2013 051.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 051.jpg
  17. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    last set.....

    Mini Assemably 2013 057.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 056.jpg Mini Assemably 2013 058.jpg
    Getting ready for our last campfire Mini Assemably 2013 084.jpg
  18. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    GREAT pictures, thanks!
  19. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Looks fabulous... I have to get there next year...
  20. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Yup, you missed a good one, Paul... but there will be a next year!

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