PATRICIA (log canoe)
Nathans Avenue, Cambridge, Dorchester County
PATRICIA is a 27'-4" sailing log canoe in the racing fleet. She was built by Oliver Duke, a noted log canoe builder. She has a beam of 6'-4 3/4", a slightly hollow longhead bow, and a sharp stern. The canoe is log built in the Tilghman fashion, with carvel-fitted rising planks. Painted white, the canoe races under the no. 19 and is privately owned. PATRICIA has typical log construction, with rising planks carvel-fitted to the log bottom. Washboards from a half-deck and cockpit. She has a slightly hollow, modified longhead bow and a sharp stern. There is a centerboard and a rudder hung on pintles on the stern post. There is a long bumpkin extending out over the stern to help balance the canoe. The bumpkin has a fitted seat. Trestles inside the hull support the spars when they are taken down. The canoe is rigged with two unstayed masts with adjustable rake, carrying foresail, mainsail, and jib. In 1984 her rig was modified to include "wishbones" instead of sprits and she is the only boat in the racing fleet to use these. The sails are clubbed at the clew and made of dacron. The round bowsprit is rigged with a chain bobstay and wire bowsprit shrouds. PATRICIA's hull is painted white, with red trim on the cockpit coaming and some brightwork trim. Her name is painted in gold on white trailboards and there is a gold scrolled billet-head.
This vessel is significant as being one of the last surviving traditional Chesapeake Bay racing log canoes that carry on a tradition of racing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that has existed since the 1840s. In addition, it is a surviving representative of the oldest indigenous type of boat on the Bay--the working log canoe--which was developed in the 17th century by early European settlers from the aboriginal dugout canoe. PATRICIA is significant for having been built by one of the better-known racing canoe builders of the 1930s and 1940s, Oliver Duke. Three other canoes by Duke are still members of the racing fleet. PATRICIA is exceptionally significant in representing the later work of Oliver Duke. Her design and construction carry over elements incorporated in his earlier canoes NODDY and EDMEE S., which were built in the early 1930s. In 1984, PATRICIA became the first canoe to carry wishbones (wishbone-shaped double sprits) instead of the traditional sprits.