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Not an Old Town?

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by dhansen, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. dhansen

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    This photo is from an ad on Facebook Marketplace for what the seller thinks is an Old Town canoe. Funny thing is I came across another canoe with the same style tag on the stem. This canoe and the one I found locally look almost identical structurally (closed gunnel, heart shaped deck) although the local one is in worse condition.

    Any thoughts as to who made it/them?

    NotAnOldTown.jpeg NotOldTomn2.jpeg
  2. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    The canoe you reference was the subject of a discussion here over the last couple of days. That canoe was made by the B.N. Morris Canoe Co. of Veazie, Maine, and the one you ran across may have been also. Morris canoes are clearly distinctive for the reasons outlined in this thread:

    Much more about Morris canoes is available on these forums, in back issues of the WCHA's journal Wooden Canoe, and in the book The Morris Canoe: Legacy of an American Family, by WCHA member Kathryn Klos:
  3. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    What a beauty.
  4. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    You aren't the only one who spotted that boat on FB Marketplace. It's a stunner.
    Canoes are often identified as Old Town simply because they are wooden canoes and Old Town is more or less synonymous with wood and canvas construction.
    A very useful resource for identifying wood and canvas canoes is the Wooden Canoe Museum website. You may navigate to the Wooden Canoe Museum Morris page to learn more about his canoes. B. N. Morris | Wooden Canoe Museum
  5. OP

    dhansen Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I figured someone here would be all over it! Thanks for the update and positive ID. Not sure what's happening with the one I stumbled on locally. I made an offer for it but received no reply. I suspect they think it is worth thousands.

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