Kennebec 22689 17

I'm sorry to be getting back to you so late about this. The Kennebec canoe with serial number 22689 is shown on pages 138 and 139 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to 17 foot long Kennebec model A. It was planked by Mansell on February 19th, 1938. The canvas covering was applied by Thib. on the same day. He applied first filler coat on February 26th, 1938 and he applied the second filler coat on March 26th, 1938. It was railed by Vigue on April 30th, 1938. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was completed by Thib. on the same day. The "F 24" (Function number 24 or the thwarts?) was completed by Thib. on May 21st, 1938. The original color was green. It shipped on May 20th, 1938 to location "38-123". This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it. (I realize that the last two dates appear to be out of sequence and may be errors but that appears to be what the records show.)

The scans of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below. It was too large for a single file attachment here so I had to split each page down the middle. 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) as you probably know well by now. I hope that you will 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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