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Perplexed by possible Peterborough

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Ruthie, Apr 30, 2021.

  1. Ruthie

    Ruthie New Member

    Looking for some guidance in figuring the age and model of this canoe. It is a Peterborough according to the stickers on the decks, and the little metal plates where the thwarts are attached. (not sure if they are called thwarts on canoes, please forgive all terminology foibles). It is about 15.5 feet long, 30”wide at beam, and 15” high at beam. It has a lateen sail rig and lee boards(?) It is lovely to look at.

    You will see there is what might be a serial and/or model number in one of the thwarts. I’ve not found any other marks or numbers. Maybe 604,060? That does not jive with numbers I’ve read about on the web, where I’ve mostly learned that the Peterborough serial number “system” is not linear/logical, and that in fact, a Peterborough might not even be an actual Peterborough!

    We would like to sell the canoe, however I have no way to determine its value. It is in excellent shape except there is some powder-post beetle activity. Any information, guidance or thoughts would be appreciated. 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-1.jpg 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-28.jpg 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-14.jpg 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-40.jpg 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-27.jpg 2021-04-06 Canoe [E.T.Becker photo]-26.jpg
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, my guess would be a Peterborough model number 63 rib and batten canoe from sometime between 1909 and 1923. See and page nine of the catalog at for more details. Additional Peterborough catalogs from this period are available from in the WCHA store. However, there are many here who know much more about Peterborough canoes than I do, so a better identification may be available. The information at may help you value this canoe and a listing at is usually the fastest way to find a good new home for it. Good luck with the sale,

    Last edited: Apr 30, 2021
  3. OP

    Ruthie New Member

    Hello Benson, This is very helpful. I've looked at all the links you shared and am most grateful for the leads.

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