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Antique wood and canvas canoe identification help

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Dan Kingsbury, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Dan Kingsbury

    Dan Kingsbury New Member

    I just purchased this antique wood and canvas canoe and was looking for help identifying the maker. The canoe is marked with the serial number 538 - 18. Any help would be appreciated.
     

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    My guess is that you may have a Skowhegan canoe. See http://www.wcha.org/content/skowhegan-boat-and-canoe-company for more details. They used a distinctive stem so can you provide a picture of the stem profile at the end? A picture of the other deck would also help since there might be the remains of a decal there. See http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/16624/ for a similar canoe that was identified this way. Another possibility would be a Kennebec but their serial number 538 went on a 16 foot long boat. The font used on the serial number is unusual so it could also be from the Charles River area near Boston.

    Benson
     
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    Dan Kingsbury

    Dan Kingsbury New Member

    Thank you for the info, there is nothing left of a label on either deck. I took a few more photos
     

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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    That looks much more like a Charles River area stem curve than the typical Skowhegan style as shown in the catalog below. It might be a Robertson since they were known to have occasionally used heart shaped decks. See https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/13248/ for an example. Wide thwarts were also common on Charles River area canoes so you may want to check under the rails to see if there are any signs of these. The way the end of the stem was finished may provide another clue if you want to provide pictures of that. Good luck,

    Benson



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