Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat

Mackinaw Boat - Mackinaw Coat (HM2LNU)

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N 45° 47.009', W 84° 43.387'

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The Mackinaw Boat was designed for northern Great Lakes conditions

The Mackinaw boat was the work boat of fur traders, fishermen, settlers and lake travelers for hundreds of years, from the early 1700s to the early 1900s.

The hull was wide at the waterline but narrow at the bottom making a fast stable boat. Pointed at both the bow and stern with a removable center board, the boat could be landed and launched easily from the beach. The small size (18' to 28') and light sailing rig could be handled by two men.

The Mackinaw Coat was created by John Askin and his wife to fill a British military contract

John Askin, a trader in the Upper Great Lakes, was commissioned to design and produce 40 greatcoats for the British Army. Designed by his wife, Marie-Archange, using 3-point trade blankets, they were constructed by local white and métis women in November of 1811.

The Mackinaw coat concept was widely used by trappers, traders, and Indians. Called a "capot" by the French, it was red and bore distinctive black stripes found on the blankets themselves.
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Date Added Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 8:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 676989 N 5072512
Decimal Degrees45.78348333, -84.72311667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 47.009', W 84° 43.387'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 47' 0.54000000000002" N, 84° 43' 23.22" W
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