A local nature center will be hosting a space for me and some canoes mid Sept. During discussion I asked about a dugout canoe that they were said to own. I was taken to the barn where it hangs and was able to take photos and measurements. I know nothing of dugouts and would be glad for any help. What we think we know: 1. It's been hanging in the barn for 35+ years. 2. it was said to have been found in the mud somewhere near Lapeer County or SE Michigan. 3. Someone was said to have inspected it years ago and said it was not a real dugout but no one recalls who the person was or if they really knew. What I observed: 1. It is 16' long, 12 or 13 inches wide and 8 or 9 inches deep. 2. It has what looks like bore holes in it. 3. One end is charred on the outside. 4. Tool marks might be adz like but i'm not sure. 5. The outside looks as if the bark was removed by insects and not by a man. I can't imagine someone would go to all that work about 40 years ago and then bury it in the mud. Is there anyone who knows what this is? My photos are large file size so I'll need to copy/resize before I can post. Assuming pictures are wanted.