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Detroit Canoe Company

Discussion in 'Canoe Photo Index' started by Kathryn Klos, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Pictured here and in the reply below are two examples of the Hudson River model, both (obviously) unrestored. The one needing considerable help is a 16 footer; the less-challenging example is a 15 footer.

    Note that the deck-style could be mistaken for that of an Old Town. One of these canoes has a 4-digit serial number and one has a 5 digit, located on the stem. Someone could mistake a Detroit for an Old Town and be given an Old Town build record.

    Our 15 foot Detroit is missing its seats, so I've included a pictures of the seats on the needier canoe for reference. The caning-pattern is "the canoe weave", but I don't know if it's original to the canoe. I think it may be, based on the fact that the other seat was re-woven with twine and the canoe, in general, hasn't had any decent work on it... just a 2X4 nailed to one side.

    Brass medallions were affixed to the bow decks of these canoes. The 16 foot canoe is older, and its medallion has deeper embossing-- that of the more-recent 15 footer is a shallower embossing.

    Denis and I examined a 16 foot Detroit Hudson River model in the collection of the Canadian Canoe Museum. It's a sponson canoe in original condition with a nice two-tone color scheme. I've put a video of this canoe on YouTube at:

    I'll post pictures of the 16 footer separately.


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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Detroit Canoe Company, continued

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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Yukon River Model

    A couple pictures of a 17 foot Yukon River model Detroit canoe, in the collection of Ralph Frese. This model is long-decked and mahogany-trimmed. All Detroit Canoe Company canoes have closed gunwales.

    Note placement of the medallion in the center of the bow coaming... and also note the medallion is the same as that on the Hudson River model, except for the name of the model-- "Yukon River".

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  4. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Very interesting. Jack McGreivey makes a 15 foot Detriot. Very fine lines, and tippy too!
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    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    One of these years we'll be able to try out our 15 footer! It's interesting that we don't seem to run into Detroits all that often, even here in Michigan-- yet the company advertised heavily.
  6. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Detroit vs Old Town

    Kathy is correct to point out that the deck style and serial numbers are similar between Detriot and Old Towns. The striking difference is that the outwales of a Detroit extend beyond the stem. It is visible in the second photo of the #3 post above. It is not visible in the photos of posts #1 & #2 because the outwales are gone or the tips rotted. On Old Towns the outwales extended past the stem only on canoes built prior to 1906.

    I wish I was able to visit Ralph's collection. It looks like you saw some cool stuff.

  7. Denis M. Kallery

    Denis M. Kallery Passed Away July 3, 2012 In Memoriam

    Thanks for pointing that out. Before I start working on ours I'll be doing more research. :D

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