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16' J.R. Robertson found at a local auction recently...

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by rushton, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Nothing ambiguous about Morris serial numbers, they are simply sequential. We just don't have anything to cross reference them to, except for the handful that Old Town finished for Morris after his factory burned down.

  2. Dylan Schoelzel

    Dylan Schoelzel born in a canoe

    I agree with Ken on all accounts of the serial number system, the dating of this canoe, and the use of closed gunwales by Robertson. This is very consistent with each example of this model I have seen.

    A few examples had the first number prefixed by a letter as seen in the attached photo. I will let someone else make the theory leap from “A” to 1935……………………….

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  3. kmartin

    kmartin Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Nice canoe. Interesting about the middle serial #s. I have restored some of the Robertsons and others from the area. One had the 1st set of #s and the length written under the canvas on the planks. I assumed in the factory they would likely leave the year off so deduced the middle #s were the year built. I have noticed they are all in the 30s though, so Ken's theory may be right.
    Be sure to check further down the sides of the paint to locate a name.
    Kevin Martin
  4. OP

    rushton Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Yes, thanks for the suggestion, I will search for a name. Thanks to all for the great suggestions and serial number theories.

    Peter Nunes
  5. bredlo

    bredlo LOVES Wooden Canoes


    If you're still hanging around here on the forums... let us know what happened with your restoration! I'm embarking on a similar boat (believed to be a Kingsbury) and would love to see how yours turned out.
  6. Easternrivers

    Easternrivers Traditionalist

    Thats a great looking canoe!
    Robertsons are coming out of the woodwork I guess.
    Mine isn't anywhere near that the original paint scheme too. the ser. number isn't stamped with JRR CO. so must be before they incorporated?
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
  7. OP

    rushton Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Hello! I am still here, but due to human nature the Robertson is in safe, dry storage, and I haven't done a thing with it beyond a bit of research, which is at least half the fun. Good intentions, etc. I've been puttering with a 10'3" rowing/sailing lapstrake boat, built around 1980. It has a spritsail and two rowing stations. The fellow that was doing a fastidious job repairing it died suddenly a couple of months ago, so that's stalled too. Thanks very much for your interest.

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