1915 request info on custom boat – Ross Boat & Canoe Orillia Canada

$15.00 CAD

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Letter dated Mar 9th 1915, from E.G. Clarke (manager) on letterhead of the Ontario Silver Company, Muncie Indiana:

Good reference from the publisher of Rod and Gun magazine.
Interested in a boat especially designed and constructed with detachable motor, not too heavy to row, but also strong enough to withstand vibrations of a motor. A 16’ or 18’ boat with a square or U shaped stern.
“I expect to use this on the Big Lakes in Canada for fishing which is done almost entirely by casting artificial bait, so that the boat has to be rowed quite a part of the time.”
Send best price and complete information.


Note at bottom ‘16’ x 4’ open carved built’.

Vertical and horizontal folds. Two holes at top for filing.

28 x 21 cm.


Four names dominate the boat manufacturing scene in Orillia in the century from the 1870s to 1964. They are Ross, Dean, Ditchburn and Hunter. 

Southeast of this to the foot of Elgin Street is where Orillia's boat building industry sprang up. J. H. Ross Canoe and Boat Company was "first to begin selling craft on the waterfront" in 1870.

"Ross built fine sailboats that won races throughout Ontario", Richmond quotes Hunter as saying. "... and what was likely one of the first motorboats on Lake Couchiching." And Ross evidently until 1964. John Dean began with building canoes. He designed and produced "the famous Sunnyside racing canoe that was shipped all over the world."