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Vintage duck hunting boats are centerpiece of new museum exhibit

This 14-foot Mullins "Get There" duck boat was made in the 1890s by a boat builder who vowed to build an unsinkable boat out of sheet metal.1 / 2
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A unique collection of vintage duck hunting boats is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria.

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 1910-1920 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 located at 205 Third Avenue West in Alexandria. Call (320) 759-1114 for more information.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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