M979.80.3 | Gaspesia
Anonyme - Anonymous
1950-1960, 20th century
Wood, metal, paint, string
48 x 13 x 64 cm
Gift of Mrs. Howard I. Ross
© McCord Museum
Keys to History
This hand-made model of the boat Gaspésia evokes the traditional importance of river transport, especially in the Gaspé peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
The Gaspésia, was owned by the leading shipping company of the North Shore, the Clarke Steamship Co, founded in 1921. It carried passengers between the Lower Saint Lawrence and the Gaspé.
The name Gaspésia comes from Gaspé, which probably derives from a word in the Mi'kmaq language meaning "the end of the land".
This model was made in the 1950s or 1960s, after the Gaspésia had already been laid up and replaced by a vessel of greater tonnage.
Although anonymous, the man who made the model could have been a sailor from the Gaspé. There is a tradition of similar folk art in the region.