• This 1822 watercolor from the Manitoba Museum’s Hudson’s Bay Company Collection, illustrates a canot du maître carrying two officers.

Canot du maître

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • The Montreal canoes were among the largest in the fleet, as seen in the 16 passengers in this one. It is unclear whether the credit for the painting should go to John Halkett, an HBC officer (and brother-in-law of Lord Selkirk of Red River settlement fame) with no lasting record of work as an artist, or if Halkett is one of the men in top hats in the middle of the boat.
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