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Kennebec? And Old Town

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by shelldrake, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. shelldrake

    shelldrake LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Kennebec? 108821 18 stem number

    Old Town 50 Pound 141884 15


  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Kennebec didn't assign serial numbers 108821 or 103821 so my guess is that you have the Kennebec canoe with serial number 103321. This is shown on pages 258 and 259 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers and was assigned to an 18 foot long Kineo Special model. It was planked by Mansell on July 28th, 1934. Thib. applied the canvas covering and the first filler coat on the same day. He applied the second filler coat on August 4th, 1934. It was railed by Grant on the same day. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was completed by Thib. on August 11th, 1934. The "F 24" (Function number 24 or the finish work) was completed by Thib. on the same day. The original color was green. It shipped to location "34-283" on August 8th, 1934. This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it.

    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.

    K-103321-a.jpg K-103321-b.jpg

    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 other records like these is available at 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 to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    More information about this and other Kennebec models can be found in the Kennebec catalogs contained on the Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Company Catalog Collection available from in the WCHA store.

    The Old Town with serial number 141884 is a 16 foot long boat so that doesn't match your canoe. My guess is that you have the canoe with serial number 141334. This is a 15 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, fifty pound model with open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and a keel. It was built between December, 1944 and June, 1945. The original exterior paint color was dark green with a G. S. (Guide's Special) green bottom. It shipped on July 9th, 1945 to Citronelle, Alabama. Scans showing both of these build records can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    141334.jpg 141884.jpg

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if these descriptions don't match. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

  3. OP

    shelldrake LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thank you Benson.


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