Kennebec #10641

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What can you tell me about this canoe? It looks like it was green originally (the canvas was stripped long ago). What finish type was it?
 
The Kennebec canoe with serial number 10641 is shown on page 458 and 459 of volume two in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to a 16 foot long Kennebec model, type a. It was planked by Sawyer on January 28th, 1916. The canvas covering was applied by Roy on January 31st, 1916. The filler coat was applied by Hanson on February 1st, 1916. It may not have been railed until April 9th, 1919(?). The original color was not shown. It appears to have shipped on April 10th, 1919 but the location is not clear.

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 or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

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 CDs available from http://www.wcha.org/catalog/ and http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/cdrom.htm on the web.

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.

Benson
 

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Thanks much. I take it the OG under rails stands for open gunwale. If one were to see the original copy, would it be more readable?
 
The short answer is probably. The longer answer is that we don't have much supporting information for these records so if your serial number matches and the canoe has open gunwales then that is likely to be what "OG" means. There are also several "SR" notes in that column but it is not obvious what that represented until one of those shows up.

The microfilms of these records are exceptionally bad in some cases. The originals are usually easier to read but not in all cases. The original documents are at the Maine State Museum in Augusta so you can contact them for more information.

Benson
 
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