listing this very special boat for my son as I am an experienced
seller on eBay, have the appropriate selling limits and I’ve had the pleasure to see this fine boat being
son is a professional boat builder, having graduated from the
International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, Rhode Island.
was a special project at the school. At the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft
Festival, it won both First Place for Traditional Construction, as
well as the Joe Liener Award, given to those projects which specially
show adherence to traditional boatbuilding skills.
Additionally, this wonderful Rushton boat was installed as an exhibit at the Chesapeake Maritime
Museum where James worked and, at the same time as doing so, he was available to provide
visitors with verbal history of this classic boat.
Henry Rushton “Florida” Model rowboat was thoroughly
researched; and it is likely the ONLY one to have been built in
modern times with the designers handwritten design dimensions (from
his long-lost book correctly named ‘Book of Knowledge”,
available from the Adirondack Museum).
Rushton was a pioneer of lightweight canoe building in the late 19th
century. His boats were famously used by creator George Washington
Sears to adventure all around the states.
John Henry Rushton, of Canton, N.Y., was considered to be one of the crucial
premier canoe makers in the United States all over the late 1800s.
There was a demand for canoes and guide boats at the time.Rushton
answered that demand, building boats from locally sourced materials
at his shop, situated between the St. Lawrence River and the
Adirondack Mountains. The boats primarily were used for recreation
16” long (4.8 meters)
Painted in dark green
Currently named “Plover”
is white cedar on red elm
than 3500 hand-clenched copper nails
Condition: Like new but has a couple of small marks to paint since being built
White Cedar Planking, clinch nailed with ~3000 nails
Elm Ribs (difficult to find and necessitating long drives to Albany,
NY, and southern NJ)
is currently living in Cambridge, MD. This can be a cherished project,
which he has stored for two years because he didn’t need to let it
go. It was on the water a handful of times.
boat is available for pickup in Cambridge, Maryland, and it may be delivered
free of charge within a 200 miles radius. Other delivery may be
conceivable, but please contact me before purchase. Please allow 7-10 before pickup as James does work full time at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum.
wrote a full building blog highlighting the whole research and building process. To see
the detail, please use Google and search “Project Rushton Florida.”