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Willard, Norma Collection
Credit: Skene Sectional Boat, Norma Willard Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Two boys demonstrate the ease of assembling the Skene Sectional Boat, 1921.
[Norman Skene--home movies], 1691
film (540 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. nitrate print
Credit: Excerpt from Norma Willard Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Skene Sectional Boat, 1921.
The collection consists of one reel of film depicting two boys and a girl setting up camp from a car and trailer, cooking and eating a meal, unloading and assembling two small boats and launching them on the water. One boat is a kayak, the other is a rowboat invented by Skene as "the Skene sectional boat," in three sections. The girl paddles the kayak and the boys assemble the rowboat and join her in the water. The donor reports that the film was made in Chatham, Mass.
Norman Skene (1882-1932) was a naval architect and author of "Elements of Yacht Design" (1904). WorldCat After L. Francis Herreshoff, Skene is one of the best known 20th century marine architects. His daughter, Norma Skene Bowe, who appears in the film, is the mother of the donor, Norma Willard. Norman Skene adapted South Greenland kayak designs for use in North America and published "Building Plans of Walrus, Esquimo Kayak" in the periodical "Rudder" in 1923. WorldCat The plans appear with a statement on original use of kayaks for hunting and adaptation for sport, "one with which few people are familiar, but which deserves great popularity." Norman Skene disappeared at sea off Marblehead, Mass., in 1932. His kayak was found with a broken paddle and a hole punctured in the bow. The collections file includes a copy of the article in "Rudder" and a copy of an advertising flyer for the sectional boat.
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