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Peterborough Dart vs. Comet vs. Ace

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Michael Grace, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Looking for information on Peterborough canoes Dart, Comet and Ace. I understood that the Dart is the cedar-canvas version and the Comet is the all-wood (strip-built) version, and at least the Comet could be had with flat-panel decking or strip-built decks. So how does the Ace fit in? It appears to be the same as the Comet, so why two names? Are they different or did the name change over time?

    Thanks much,
  2. walt

    walt Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    As I understand it the Comet and Ace are the same boat. It was called Comet (alongside the Dart) in the 1929 catalogue but shortly thereafter, for whatever reason (it really does make you wonder why) they seem to have changed it to Ace. Both the Comet and Ace (and Dart for that matter) could come with either the round alternate strip decks or V shaped decks and ya gotta love those tilting seats! A copy of a catalogue circa early 40's has "discontinued" stamped across the Dart and Ace, but I don't know when they first started producing them.

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