[toc]nonum[/toc] [H=1]Skowhegan Boat & Canoe Company[/H] The Skowhegan Boat & Canoe Co. was founded in 1930 by Walter D. Grant. Grant was previously a superintendent at the [manufacturers]Kennebec Boat and Canoe Company[/manufacturers]. The Skowhegan factory burned down on December 12, 1946, taking with it all of the company's records and molds. The company survived at least until Grant's death in 1951[FOOTNOTE]Speltz, 1991[/FOOTNOTE]. Skowhegan canoes look very much like Kennebec canoes, including the short gunwale cap found on both makes. If the canoe has a serial number that does not match one found in the Kennebec Archives, then it could be a Skowhegan. Any Skowhegan records were probably lost in the 1946 fire. Skowhegan canoes were built with two deck types: Style I: hardwood 20" decks, open spruce gunwales, hardwood seat frames and thwarts, and oak keel. Outside stems optional. Style II: mahogany 20" decks with coaming, mahogany rails, seats, thwarts, and oak keel. Outside stems optional. [H=2]Canoe Models Offered[/H] Skowhegan Canoe - their primary model, offered in 16', 17' and 18' lengths and trimmed with hardwood or mahogany Camp Special Canoe - similar to the Skowhegan Canoe, and also offered in 16', 17' and 18' lengths. Trimmed with spruce. Guide - offered in 18 1/2' and 20' lengths Invisible Sponson War Canoe - 20' long, specially designed for summer camps. [H=2]Notes[/H] [REFLIST][/REFLIST] [H=2]References[/H] Speltz, Bob. 1991. A Real Runabouts Review of Canoes.