Dugout Canoe from the Apalachicola River

Dugout Canoe from the Apalachicola River


Upon first glance this old canoe looks like
it may be a Native American dugout canoe. It appears to be ancient, but a closer look
reveals that while it is historic, it is not as old as it might appear. It was made using a long squared-up timber,
instead of a round log. And the flat floor shows that metal planing
was used instead of burning and scraping. And finally, nails and carved supports provide
the final clues that this was not an American Indian canoe but instead one made by a settler
in the 1800s. The canoe was found in the east bank of the
Apalachicola River in September 1987. It may be up to 200 years old. Only a handful of canoes of this type are
known to still exist, which makes it a true historical treasure. You can see it at the Lake Seminole Resource
Manager’s Office just north of Chattahoochee, Florida. It is cared for by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers which also offers other information and exhibits at the visitor center. At Lake Seminole on the Florida-Georgia border,
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