This late nineteenth/early twentieth century double touring kayak is a close copy of the original “Rob Roy” McGregor canoe in (a single seater example of which) McGregor paddled his way extensively across European rivers some 40 years earlier (see more details under BAE0114). McGregor’s exploits sparked a massive interest in leisure canoeing and sailing.
This craft also bears a close resemblance to the Thames tandem paddling and sailing canoe (BAE0040) with the large single piece cedar decking and clinker construction of mahogany planks on cedar frames. It is complete with a storage compartment accessible via a sliding lid at deck level. Both these canoes were built by the famous Thames builder R.J. Turk and Son of Kingston on Thames.