Kennebec Canoe 9975

Welcome, the Kennebec canoe with serial number 9975 is shown on page 428 and 429 of volume two in the Kennebec ledgers. This is a 17 foot long Kennebec model type a. It was planked by Mansell on October 28th, 1915. Roy canvased them October 29th, 1915. Lanc applied the first filler coat on the same day with the second third ones on April 19th and 18th, 1916. The keel was oak with maple braces (thwarts) and seats. Harris railed it on May 18th, 1916. The medium green paint was applied by Mansell on the same day. It shipped to Spalding on April 29th, 1916.

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.

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The microfilms and scans of these records were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA). A description of the project to preserve other records like these is available at if you want more details. 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 available from in the WCHA store.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. It would be great if you would attach a picture of the plate and the digits on the stem. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

Thanks, l received this canoe when l was 15 , in 1960. It lead me to freedom of rivers and lakes. The planking became brittle so l fiberglassed it a few years ago and removed the keel. I own 7 canoes now but it is still a joy to paddle.