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Large Canoe

Storlommen på besök i Stockholm

I got a call yesterday about a large canoe for many paddlers/passengers. So I turned the archive upside down and found my old "Storlommen" (arctic loon or black-throated diver) – a canoe I designed for the tourist business in Värmland (a canoe-friendly lake district in Sweden) over 20 years ago. It was built in a couple of sizes by Wermlandia Kanoter, a company that was very active building wooden kayaks and canoes over a few years – and built the prototype for my Sharpie 600. Storlommen have a capacity of approx 1650 kgs and room for 15-20.

In the photo above Storlommen is shown at a tourist event in Stockholm.

Ritning till Storlommen

Large canoes were common in Canada during the 19th century och were used as freighters when the trappers delivered furs to the trading stations downstream the rivers. Hudson Bay Company was the big player in this trade.

These Canots du Maître, or Rabeskas, came in different sizes and models – the largest, the "6-fathoms fur trade canoes" were approx 11 meters long, the smallest, the "express canoes" 6 meters – and the style depended on the cultural background of the builder: Algonkin, Ojibway, Têtes-de-Boule or Iroquois (Source: Edwin Tappan Adney: the Bark Canoes of North America).

Fur-trade Maître Canot with passengers. Arthyr Hopkins  
Fur-trade Maître Canot with passengers, oil painting by Arthur Hopkins (Public Archive of Canada Photo)

Hudson's Bay canoe running the rapids, av Arthur Hopkins (Public Archives of Canada photo)
Hudson's Bay Canoe running the rapids,oil painting by Arthur Hopkins (Public Archive of Canada Photo)

Interested in a somewhat bigger project? I have the plans ;-)


Intressant! Har du någon ritning eller kan tipsa om någon färdig storkanot på marknaden för 10-12 personer?

Nej, jag har ingen koll på vad som går att köpa just nu. Ritningen till den mindre modellen har jag inte i arkivet, men en sådan går rätt lätt att återställa. Det var en förminskad version av den stora – för övrigt är det bara toftplaceringen som skiljer.

Bonjour, vous dites que vous avez des plans je suis intéressé par des plans de construction.

Pouvez vous me donner plus de détails ?

Cordiales salutations

Bonjour, vous dites que vous avez des plans je suis intéressé par des plans de construction pour le Large Canoé 1090 x 155 cm .

Pouvez vous me donner plus de détails, le prix pour les recevoir en Suisse?

Cordiales salutations

Hello, you say that you have plans I am interested in building plans for Large Canoe 1090 x 155 cm.

Can you give me more details, the price to receive them in Switzerland?

Cordial greetings

Hi Antonio

Yes, I have a drawing for a large canoe with those dimensions. The drawing is on paper and has been archived for several years, so I need to transfer it to a digital software and clean it up, correcting angles and measurements, and translate the text to English, before I feel confident to ship it (takes me a couple of days).

As far as I know, three canoes were built from this drawing, one of which ended up as a gift from the boatbuilder to the Swedish royal family.

The drawing, including the license to build one canoe, would be €240.

I have no further data than the capacity: 1650 kg and that the prototype performed very nicely with 18 paddlers on board. It floated high and dry and would have been comfortable, loaded up to two tons.

For some reason, your first two comments above never turned up on my admin page, so I missed them. I am sorry for that and I have not found out why this happened. I have had comments in French before without any problems.

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