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The Blunt Ended Boat / Canoe
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Blunt Ended Boat and its variant the Canoe. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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1895

The Boy's Own Paper of 24th August 1895 contained diagrams for a blunt ended paper boat invented by Sidney V North, which was folded from a 4x1 strip of paper.

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1954

Folding instructions for the same blunt ended boat, and a sharp ended version, titled 'Paper Canoe', appeared in the 1954 Rupert Annual.

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1956

A version of the Blunt Ended Boat also appears, just as 'Another Boat', in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956

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