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  c.1899 Mortimer Threehouse Wapoose Canoe
  Posted by: teleskier on Mar-29-14 11:50 PM (EST)
   Category: Canoes 

c. 1899 Mortimer Threehouse "Wapoose" wood canoe

I thought some of you would be interested in this. A beautiful hand made antique boat sold today at an auction on my street. It sold for $4,350 plus tax and 10% buyer's premium (approx. $5,168).

"Mortimer Threehouse (1860-1918 +/-) All-wood antique canoe meticulously restored, 'Wapoose' One of 30 built by this reclusive Rochester maker. 15'8" long. Documentation available."

I rarely see these old canoes in this condition outside museums.

Link to the auction site with pictures:

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  New York State...
  Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-30-14 11:13 AM (EST)
... seems to be the original home of most of the really old, finely crafted canoes I've ever seen or heard about. That one is quite a find.
  Posted by: carldelo on Mar-30-14 12:21 PM (EST)
That canoe looks right at home next to the antique hard wood side board. I wonder if Threehouse is Nick Schade's great grand daddy?
  Looks very much like a Peterborough
  Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-30-14 12:55 PM (EST)
no doubt the original builder was influenced by them. Peterborough Ontario is not far from Rochester NY.

I wonder what WCHA members would think about the astronomical price it sold for.. Its not that old a boat and most pristine wood canoes sell for far less.

It is however one of the costliest constructions one can do.
  Wapoose Canoe
  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Mar-30-14 1:58 PM (EST)
Auction was right here in town and missed it by a mile.
Wonder if the canoe included the sail rig. There is a ring attached to the front deck and and step on the keel to hold the mast. Brass insert in rear deck to position a rudder. Could not see any hardware to position lee boards, but they might have been clam-on.
Unique boat, well made.
  No sailing rig
  Posted by: teleskier on Mar-30-14 3:07 PM (EST)
No sailing rig was included, just a paddle and a fishing net. Both looked old, but I can't say for sure if they were the same vintage as the canoe.

It sold for a lot more than I thought it would, it was a bidding war at the end. In the heat of it they probably didn't factor in the additional $800 for the buyer's premium and sales tax! I talked to the guy who bought it, he may have had a little buyer's remorse after he got the final bill.
  Posted by: pappadoc on Apr-15-14 5:02 PM (EST)
No buyer's remorse at all ! Price was fair and consistent with the recent sale of two others in less pristine condition and 15 thousand plus below the outrageous asking/buy it now price of its sister ship, OWANA, now in the collection of the Antique Boat Museum. Offers for her exceeded the Wapoose price by 5 - 7 thousand dollars. About six are known to exist out of a total production by this artisan of a dozen or so. I doubt that WAPOOSE was used in paddling/sailing races; most likely the sailing hardware on her was an option for leisurely reaching or downwind legs on the Genessee for which she was built. You bought a Capt. Ruggles for racing.
  Posted by: wetfoot on Oct-03-14 3:13 PM (EST)
were you the winner bidder?


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