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Published June 03, 2011, 12:00 AM

Hunting watercraft on display

Museum features duck boats
Alexandria, Minn. - A unique collection of vintage duck hunting boats is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum here.

By: By Amy Chaffins, INFORUM

Alexandria, Minn. - A unique collection of vintage duck hunting boats is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum here.

The duck boats are from private collections around the Upper Midwest and represent both factory-produced and one-of-a-kind hunting watercraft.

The exhibit’s highlight is a unique piece of local history – a duck boat used in the late 1800s by market hunter Sam Fertig.

Fertig hunted Lake Christina and shipped his daily bag of waterfowl by train to markets in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Boston to be sold to upscale restaurants.

The exhibit also features a collection of vintage waterfowl hunting photography from 1910-20 by photographer Walter Thomas “WT” Oxley and a collection of duck decoys.

The exhibit will be on display at the museum through the summer.

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The museum is at 205 3rd Ave. W. Call (320) 759-1114 for more information.


Amy Chaffins writes for the Alexandria Echo Press.

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