Kennebec Boat & Canoe Co. ID

fcstorm

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I'm looking for information on an old Kennebec canoe, serial number 14699. Any information would be appreciated.
 
The Kennebec canoe with serial number 14699 is shown on page 233 of volume two in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to 17 foot long Torpedo model type A. It was planked by F. Roy on October 20th, 1920. Roy canvased it and applied the first filler coat on the the same day. Grant applied the second filler coat on June 16th, 1923. Mansell added the rails on May 31st, 1924. The original color was green. It shipped to location 24-405(?) on June 10th, 1924. This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it.

The scans of this build record 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 renew your membership or contribute 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://store.wcha.org/product.php?productid=17590&cat=248&page=2 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 for the detailed information, Benson. I'm new to this forum, and I'm sure I'm making an observation that others have made, but it's amazing how long the production process took.
 
it's amazing how long the production process took

There are many reasons for long delays in the wooden canoe manufacturing process. The charts at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/carleton/carleton_chart.html and http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/oldtown_chart.html show some large horizontal spreads which indicates that this was not unusual. One Carleton appears to have been built in 1922 and didn't ship until 1926. An Old Town appears to have been built in the early 1960s and didn't ship until the early 1970s. These canoes were often stacked floor to ceiling and wall to wall in large storage areas while the filler dried so the first ones in were often the last ones out. The Old Town Canoe Company would occasionally store canoes on the roof once the store rooms filled up as shown in the pictures attached below.

Benson
 

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WOW!! It is hard to keep in mind that at one point in history each canoe was part of a production line. Just bussiness.
 
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