This small canoe was built in 1882 by J. H. Rushton in Canton, New York, for writer and adventurer George Washington Sears. Under the name "Nessmuk," Sears penned essays on hunting, fishing, and camping for popular journals and magazines.
Currently on loan
Object Name
canoe "Sairy Gamp"
canoe, "Sairy Gamp"
date made
Rushton, J. H.
Physical Description
white cedar (overall material)
slippery elm (overall material)
place made
United States: New York, Canton
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

11/5/2016 9:56:05 AM
Shelley St Clair
Why was this canoe given such a funny name??
12/12/2016 8:51:26 AM
Paul Johnston
Hello Ms. St. Clair! What's funny about that name?
1/13/2017 2:27:01 PM
Kevin Sweere
Sirey Gamp, byname of Sarah Gamp, comic fictional character in Charles Dickens’s novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44). Sarah Gamp, a high-spirited old Cockney, is a sketchily trained nurse-midwife who is as enthusiastic at laying out a corpse as she is at delivering a baby.
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