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Old Tin Canoe on the Swan River, 1943

Photo courtesy F. Bishop

 Fred Bishop in his canoe at the Fish Markets sand pits, Guildford.

Fred says, "Canoes, we built two or three of them. This one, named the Lord Epping, was made from a piece of flattened out corrugated iron, pulled off an old shed around the place. The sails were a couple of bits of old canvas. I think we even soldered this one. Did a good job, too, for a change. It was a good canoe, well balanced. When you stopped paddling it glided straight. This high up the river is a little too narrow to get the best out of sails, because the trees break up the wind."

Photo and text are also in Andrew Gentile's book, "The Swan River: images from Guildford into the upper reaches" and reproduced here with kind permission of Fred Bishop.


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