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possibly Peterborough?? 1621

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Haliburton paddler, May 10, 2020.

  1. Haliburton paddler

    Haliburton paddler New Member

    I have an old cedar strip canvas covered canoe that belonged to my grandfather. Was told it was possibly a Peterborough from the 50’s but only marking is serial number stamped in the bottom 1621?? I included a pic of the bow deck to assist in id

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  2. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Ash rails and deck look similar to a 50s chestnut I did a while back. Need more pics and some measurements. Probably a pleasure model built by chestnut for Peterborough
  3. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    The wide cant ribs also suggest chestnut to me. . . . . but I have been wrong before. I've read that Canadian Canoe, Chestnut and Peterborough boats were all made at one of their factories and then labelled up according to who sold them - so if it reminds me of a Chestnut, it could well be a Peterborough
  4. Blott

    Blott LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Looks like a 50's Chestnut to me. Here's my 1950's Chestnut Playmate.

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  5. OP
    Haliburton paddler

    Haliburton paddler New Member

    Is there a way to cross reference the serial number to chestnut records? I am looking to find as much info on the canoe (make, model, year etc). I have hung it in my home and want to do a historical plaque with the pertinent info to complete a display in honour of my grandfather, the original owner.
  6. OP
    Haliburton paddler

    Haliburton paddler New Member


    What measurements do you require and what specific pictures?
  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are no known Chestnut serial number records to reference. The usual measurements include the extreme length, width, depth, and rib dimensions. Good luck,

  8. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

  9. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan

    Haliburton paddler,

    Where are you located? In Haliburton? If so one of your best resources is local. Dick Persson of Buckhorn Canoe Company is worth contacting for more info. Along with a few others on this site Dick is go to guy for Peterborough, Chestnut and Lakefield canoe info.
    Btw my Early 60’s Chestnut Pal is sn#23241
  10. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Along with the dimensions Benson has suggested, pics of the thwart shapes, including looking for a taper on the ends where they meet the rails is useful. good pics of the seat frames, and underside of the decks are often useful. Dont fall into the trap of rigidly looking at published measurements, the boats often differ slightly but moreover look at the overall dimensions. if its a 16' it will have two thwarts, one for 15,14 on down. Rib width and and taper is useful for dating, and the screw pattern for a keel to see if its a shoe or regular. lots of pictures are a great help.

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