THE CANOE SHELTER TENT
THE CANOE SHELTER TENT
Here is a light, quick-pitching canoe shelter that has come out with colors flying in a service dating from 1900, for the one I now have was made in that year. It goes along on all our trips. We often pitch the tent without the canoe, using it as a lean-to; it is always spread as a cloth to eat on when friend wife goes along for the day only, and between stops it makes a fine pack cloth.
Flattened out, the tent makes a plain sheet, seven b twelve feet in size. Only the center panel, five by seven feet, is made of heavy duck for the roof. The two end panels, each three feet six by seven feet, which form the walls, are made of drilling to save weight and bulk Small grommets are put in, one in each outside corner, one in each corner of the roof, one in the middle of the thick of the roof and one large grommet in the middle of the front of the roof.
The regular pitch is made by setting the canoe up on edge, bottom to windward, propping it by a couple of forked sticks. Along “Silver Lake” cord is tied to one of the corner grommets in the roof, run around over the bottom of the canoe, passed through a thwart and then run back up over the bottom of the canoe and through the center grommet.
From here it is run hick down over the bottom of the canoe, passed through the other thwart and back up to the grommet in the other corner of the roof, where it is made fast. From the rear the cord looks like a capital “w” run over the bottom of the canoe. The tent laps enough over the top edge of the canoe to shed water.
The front guy cords are next passed out to convenient trees or else over forked sticks and then pegged down. Rocks or logs hold the sides to the ground (there is plenty of slack for these), and the tent is pitched. Takes a little longer to do than to tell. The big grommet in the center of the front edge is for an extra post if it is raining, as the roof sheds water better that way. This gives a roomy shelter, five by seven feet and plenty high enough to crawl into, with the extra space of the canoe back of it to protect duffle.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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