Tuesday, 14 February 2012

CANOES In "The Art Of William Armstrong "

William Armstrong was a civil engineer and artist that accompanied the surveyors on their explorations of the Great Lakes.

William Armstrong came to Nipigon as a member of a government survey party in1867 and in 1869.

These are his Nipigon area paintings  from: Henry C. Campbell's Early Days on the Great Lakes: the Art of William Armstrong  published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd., Toronto 1971 pp. 128

This is the usual shape of our canoes.
 I am still trying to figure how the artist that illustrated Elizabeth Taylor's 1889 trip
got his canoe to have oar-locks.

Portaging the canoe along the Nipigon River

Miss De La Ronde, daughter of the post superintendent
with Ojibway canoes at the Hudson's Bay Company Post
 on Lake Nipigon.

Hudson's Bay Company Post Lake Nipigon.  Note the teepees's shape.

An Indian encampment at the mouth of the Black Sturgeon River.
Note the shape of these homes on the far side.

Now we are back at the Nipigon  "Harbour" view in 1867 -69.

This shows the "Side-wheeler" steamboat docked at Red Rock Post.
 The present Nipigon Dock area that is getting a face lift in 2012.
When the Canadian National Railway
put a causeway across the bend in the river (circa 1910)
 (not shown here)
 it gave us a whole new Harbour area.

The camera may have been invented in 1839 but very few made it into the wilds until almost 1900.
The artist was the primary source of our live-style records.

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