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 Volume 4  February 2011

Birch Bark Canoe restoration begins in Falmouth
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Work has started at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth to conserve one of the world's oldest birch bark canoes. The rare American Indian canoe was discovered in a barn on the Enys Estate in Penryn. It was being stored in one of the family's barns.

Wendy Fowler, an Enys family descendent, called the museum to request they look at the canoe. The canoe is believed to be more than 250 years old.

"Since the canoe was moved to the Museum we have been closely monitoring her condition and have begun carefully cleaning and conserving the remaining wood," said Sarah Riddle from the Maritime Museum. "We are also preparing the canoe to go on show to the public and creating a display which will represent what she might have looked like over 250 years ago."

It is believed that Lt John Enys brought the canoe to England when he returned from fighting in the Revolutionary War.  It is one one of the world's oldest birch bark canoes.

"This is a unique survival from the 18th century," said Captain George Hogg from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall,

This fall, the Native American canoe will be returned to Canada. The Canadian Canoe Museum will then conduct further research to see where the boat may have been built and by which tribe.

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