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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Matinicus Double Ender

At Rest by Christine Coombs

At right is Christine Coombs' painting of her family's  Matinicus Double Ender, Freedom which was refurbished by Duck Trap Woodworking of Lincolnville Beach, Maine.
These boats were originally designed and used for lobstering off of Matinicus Island.  It's said that they were inspired by the canoes used by the Passamaquoddy Indians in Maine. 
The Passamaquoddy's were warlike and used to paddle down the coast all the way to Massachusetts to attack the peaceful and agricultural Pawtuckets and Naumkeags.
There is a nice Matinicus moored near Brown's Island in Marblehead Little Harbor.
I bought a set of plans to build a 12 footer a few years ago, and just pulled them out again.

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