To say somebody came up with a new feature just because they were in business first is silly. Morris may have been earlier to use this detail, but not because of this reason. However, Kennebec shows this feature in their first catalog of 1910. The earliest we can say for sure Morris did is 1911. And Carleton may have beat both to the punch... No, we don't know this. It has been speculated. It is one possible answer to the mystery of Kennebec canoes with splayed stems, but equally likely, barring further evidence, is that they were built in-house using Morris-like details.