I recently acquired a canoe significant in canoe history. Its a Grumman 13 foot aluminum!! Hold on, stay with me wooden canoe geeks! Like it of not, many have heard the story about a higher up from Grumman, William Hoffman, and his canoe trip in the Adirondacks and his wanting to have a lighter canoe to replace his Old Town. Yes Benson, you may chime in here if I'm incorrect with facts! Anywho, he made a prototype, 13 feet long and the story goes. Grumman made I believe around 90 canoes the first year in 1945 and in '46, they made in excess of 10,000. I also know that they only made canoes with airtight chambers in the bow and stern for only 3 years. I'm guessing my canoe was made in '46 due to its tag number being 199. Now for the fun part. I saw the canoe for sale about 2 hours from me in Indiana. I messaged who would be the origional owners granddaughter and came up with a price. She then told me that he bought the canoe straight out of WWII with his last combat paycheck, another reason I think its from 1946. Only .030" thick and painted various shades of green, I was very careful stripping, sanding and buffing her back to "fighter plane glory"! It has dents and scrapes in it but you can tell it wasnt abused. I love the history behind this canoe due to its tie with the war effort and the people that touched it. Its a nice contrast having this chrome piece of art hanging along side my 1911 Old Town. You may now disown me if you'd like....keep paddlin!!