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    I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about the rowing frames and when they came into existence. Does anyone know when they were invented or used in Alaska? Thanks.

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    1950s is when metal-types were used first, prior to that guys made wood frames for decades.
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    • #3
      Were rafts even used in Alaska before the 50's? I have never heard of any.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lefty View Post
        Were rafts even used in Alaska before the 50's? I have never heard of any.
        Google "Amos Burg"....
        " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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        • #5
          Thanks for the heads up on Amos Burg cdubbin. I didn't find that he used rafts in Alaska before the 1950's but the book, "The Last Voyageur, Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West" was very interesting to read. Burg and Buzz Holmstrom built a wooden rowing frame early into their 1938 1100 mile journey down the Green and Colorado rivers. Another interesting fact is that Burg paid $1500 for his raft to be built. I did an internet search on what $1500 would be in 2019 and it was a little bit over $26,000!!!

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          • #6
            "In 1929 Amos Burg took his 6' long, 12-pound raft to Alaska to run the Mackenzie, Bell, Porcupine and Yukon rivers"...
            https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...HeVRKEO5FKv7bD
            " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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            • #7
              Thanks for the link.

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