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Wateree River section boat exhibit at Camden Archives

Posted: November 12, 2013 4:38 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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A model of the full-size Wateree River section boat that will be on display, Friday only, at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public will have a one-day only opportunity to see an authentic Wateree River section boat on the front lawn of the Camden Archives and Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Made by Dick Sanders, it is a copy of a section boat first made by his kinsman, Edward Richardson “Toot” Sanders (1845-1922), around 1900. Toot Sanders spent most of his life hunting and fishing along the Wateree River around the Hagood/Boykin community.

Sanders conceived a design for a three-section fishing boat, similar in size to a present-day John boat. Designed to fit into a wagon bed, the rear section fit into the middle section and the front section into the rear section like nesting cups. Once removed, the sections were bolted together and the boat put in the river for days of hunting, fishing and camping.

Sanders launched the boat in the river near Boykin and floated for days downriver until reaching a railroad trestle at Wateree Junction near present-day Wedgefield. There, Sanders and any companions pulled the boat ashore, broke it down, flagged the next train and caught a ride back to the Hagood or Boykin stops with the boat on board.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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