The canoe is the American boat of the past and of the future. It suits the American mind: it is light, swift, safe, graceful, easily moved; and the occupant looks in the direction he is going, instead of behind, as in the stupid old tubs that have held the world up to this time.
—JOHN BOYLE O’REILLY (1844–90), Canoeing on the Connecticut, Ethics of Boxing and Manly Sport, 1890
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