Canoes with a family history are always special. The Kennebec canoe with serial number 22456 is a 17 foot long Kennebec model type B shown on pages 132 and 133 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. It was planked by Lane on February 14th, 1931. The canvas covering and first filler coat were applied by Leonard on the same day. F. Thib. added the second filler coat on March 7th, 1931. Grant added the rails on the May 2nd, 1931. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?), "F24" (Function number 24 or the thwarts?), "F25" (Function number 25 or the seats?), and "F28" (Function number 28 or the painting?) were completed by Thib. on May 9th, 1931. The original color is not clear. It was packed by Lantigne and shipped on May 14th, 1931 to location 31-240. 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 http://www.wcha.org/wcha/
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It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. The information at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?57
has some good information about how to value a canoe like this. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.