Not the most relaxed drive, 150 km with a big stick!
The answer to the question is: it’s the bowsprit bowsprit of an old Thames barge, a rather well traveled stick. I brought it home from Kingston, where our sail maker had it sitting for some years but needed it moved.
We are hoping the stick will find a place in our rig as it is loaded with history, which I have yet to find more about. For now, I know it was the bowsprit of a working Thames barge, the SB Ethel. It was brought to Canada with an other barge, SB May, who knows why, who knows when.