Canoe, SAIRY GAMP

Description
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.
Location
Currently on loan
date made
1882
maker
Rushton, J. H.
place made
United States: New York, Canton
Physical Description
white cedar (overall material)
slippery elm (overall material)
ID Number
TR*160315
accession number
7809
catalog number
160315
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"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."
Why was this canoe given such a funny name??
Hello Ms. St. Clair! What's funny about that name?

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