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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Steve Lapey, Apr 23, 2018.
Could we have the build record for this Kennebec?
If this number goes with a 16 foot long canoe they you may need to provide some pictures for the area around the numbers from each end or check the numbers again. The Kennebec records show their serial number 2191 being assigned to an 18 foot long Kineo model canoe in 1911 and to a 16 foot long double ended Belgrade lapstrake rowboat or canoe skiff in 1922. What do you have?
I was told that this was a 16 foot canoe, but in taking a second look at the photo that I was sent it may well be an 18 footer. I have not seen the canoe..
The Kennebec canoe with serial number 2191 is an 18 foot long Kennnebec Kineo model with spruce rails, cedar stems, and western red cedar planking as shown on pages 54 and 55 of volume one in the Kennebec ledgers. It was planked by Weston on April 8th, 1911. The decks were "15-M" (15 inch maple?) and the canvas was "58-10" (58 inch wide number 10?). The canvas covering and the first filler coat was applied by Steven on the same day. Smith applied the second filler coat on April 22nd, 1911. The keel was "B" (birch?) while the braces (thwarts) and seats were "M" (maple?). It was railed by Knuth(?) on April 22nd, 1911. The original color was M. (medium) green which was first applied by McConnel (?) on July 22nd, 1911. It appears to have been repainted by Smitt W. (?) on the same day and shipped to "W-N.Y." (Wannamaker's in New York?) on April, 25th, 1911.
The scans of these build records can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below. These original Kennebec records are reproduced through the courtesy of the Maine State Museum.
The microfilms and scans of these records were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve records like these is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/about-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to renew.
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