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Kennebec 15640

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by NateJ, Jul 7, 2021.

  1. NateJ

    NateJ New Member

    Hello, I recently picked up a free canoe with the terse description "Needs work but no leaks" after I got it home and actually looked at it it seemed like it might have some history. I found this SN plate and started searching around. I don't know if that last digit is actually a zero. It looks like I can't post a photo of the plate yet so I'll just home it's right. Any information will be interesting. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Kennebec serial numbers in the 1564x range from 16 to 18.5 feet long and are all from 1921. You can either post some random messages here or send the serial number image to webmaster@wcha.org and I'll post it here. Good luck,

    Benson
     
  3. OP
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    NateJ

    NateJ New Member

    Wow! Thanks! that's really cool for what amounts to a curbside find.
     
  4. OP
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    NateJ

    NateJ New Member

    My girlfriend and I were just looking for something cheap to do some light pond paddling with but I've started going down a wooden canoe rabbit hole trying to figure out how we can do this canoe justice.
     
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  6. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Great find. Slippery slope.
     
  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Kennebec with serial umber 15640 is a square ended outboard motor canoe so my guess is that you have the one with serial number 15646. This is an 18 foot long Kennebec model type a as shown on page 210 of volume three in the Kennebec ledgers. It was planked by F. King on December 24th, 1921. Tuttle added the canvas covering on the same day. Chamberlain applied the first filler coat on January 7th, 1922. Soucie applied the second filler coat on May 13th, 1922. The rails were installed by Garland on the same day. The original color was gray and it shipped to Camp Copake Lake in Cararyville, New Lake on May 16th, 1922. The scans of these build records can be found below. These original Kennebec records are reproduced through the courtesy of the Maine State Museum.

    The microfilms and scans of these records were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA). A description of the project to preserve other records like these is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See https://www.woodencanoe.org/about to learn more about the WCHA and https://www.woodencanoe.org/shop to donate or join.

    More information about this and other Kennebec models can be found in the Kennebec catalogs contained on the Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Company Catalog Collection available from https://www.woodencanoe.org/product-page/the-historic-wood-canoe-and-boat-company-catalog-collection in the WCHA store.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with the project,

    Benson



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