canoe Id

David Satter

Wooden Canoe Maniac
The serial # is either 800262 18 or 300262 18 A lot of repairs have been done so Id may be difficult. It's not an old town , though the numbers look the same. Flat decks 12 inches long. Inwales and outwales have been replaced, poorly so no help there. Ribs look very similar to old town. 2 inch spacing. keel fastened every other rib. An old photo shows the hand cane seat hangers are the one piece of wood on either side with that curved cutout. I'll take some photos when i pick it up. The stem bands did not come up and over the decks they stopped under the deck. Dave
My guess is that you have the Kennebec canoe with number 800262. This is a 18 foot long Camp Chief model as shown on page 372 and 373 of volume five in the Kennebec ledgers. It was planked by Roy on April 22nd, 1939. The canvas covering and first filler coat were applied by Thib. on the same day. He applied the second filler coat on May 6th, 1939. It was railed by Vigue on May 27th, 1939. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was completed by Thib. on May 30th, 1939. The "F24" (Function number 24 or the thwarts?) were completed by Thib. on May 20th, 1939. The original color was green. The shipping date was May 17th, 1939 to location "39-155". This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it.

The scans of these build records can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images 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). I hope that you will join the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

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



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I think you mean 18 feet , correct? What does the cc under keel stand for ? and the heading OSS? Thanks, Benson your a great help. Dave
The CC is for Camp Chief model. OSS is outside stems. They weren't really using the columns as originally printed.