Rowboats and Canoes

As a young boy , Alfred Watson spent many hours exploring the Ohio River near his home. Yearning to travel upstream, he and his friends built a makeshift raft, however, he quickly discovered that riding the makeshift.

craft brought on a severe bout of seasickness, a malady that remained with him throughout his life. As a result, the majority of Watson’s boat and water images were taken while he stood on solid ground.

Allegheny Lure, 1947
This beautifully composed image showcases the serenity of Quaker Lake in Allegheny State Park near Salamanca, NY. 50 miles south of Buffalo.
Beached, late 1940s
A trio of rowboats waits for repairs in this image taken along the Lake Erie shore south of Buffalo, exact location unknown.
Low Tide II, 1952
This image of beached rowboats and canoes was taken along the Lake Erie shore, the Buffalo Lighthouse standing guard in the distance.
Abandoned, late 1940s
A damaged boat with a bulging side and broken rudder lies in a grassy field in view of a Buffalo industrial park. The precise location is unknown.
Pattern in Boats, late 1940s
Rowboats line up on Lake Erie East of Dunkirk, N.Y. Image was exhibited in numerous galleries and was published in the 1948 Photographic Society of America Annual.
Sugar Creek, late 1940s
A rowboat waits for its owner to take it on a ride. The lighting, composition and detail reveal the artist’s expertise. Taken near Franklin, PA.