I didn't need another canoe but when someone says they would like you to have it and spend time fixing it up then it would be rude not to accept the challenge. It was free. This is going to be a real challenge. I have the original build sheet for the canoe provided to me by Benson Gray. The canoe was built by Old Town with construction started on 9th March 1911. It was finished in May 1912 and was shipped to the UK via Liverpool on 1st June 1912 . Deciphering the handwriting looks as if it was for a R S Jaines who purchased through a firn Cook & Arthur of Chester. The canoe is 16' long. AA grade being a Charles River model. At the time of delivery it was light blue, with a mast seat, floor rack . Planking is western red cedar, the gunwales, decks and finishings were all in mahogany. The gunwales are capped or closed rather than having open scuppers. For the last 20 years or so it has been in Leicestershire with the intention that it would be properly restored; prior to that it was hanging in the rafters of the Mobile Adventure store being one of Colin Broadways collection. At that time it was coated in fibreglass which was subsequently replaced with a different layer of fibreglass rather than a canvas. My mission; which I have accepted, is to get it back to near how it should be; I repair rather than restore so that the canoe retains its history and life. This will be a challenge so if you are up for it, do dip in and follow this thread. First job will be to work with a heat gun to remove the glass and then assess what is needed. I have ordered the Old own catalogue from the States along with the sheet depicting the paint colours and patterns that were available at that time.