Kennebec # 15670


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Took some work, but we managed to read the (faint) serial numbers on both stems.

~Very~ faint partial word "Kenn..." on the bow deck, and there is the ghost of an oval plate on the stern deck, was about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2".

Thanks for any help and response.
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The Kennebec canoe with serial number 15670 is shown on page 186 of volume three in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to a 17 foot long Kennebec model type A. It was planked by Murray on December 24th, 1921. The canvas covering was put on by Tuttle on the same day. The first filler coat was applied by Thibadeau on December 31st, 1921 and he applied the second filler coat on May 20th, 1922. It was railed by King on May 27th, 1922. The original paint color was gray with a red border. There is also a note about "NESHOBE" which may have been painted on the canoe as well. It shipped on July 9th, 1922 to location "22-560". 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 or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to 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 CDs available from and on the web.

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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