Kennebec number

Denis M. Kallery

Passed Away July 3, 2012
In Memoriam
Benson,
Would you please give me the info on Kennebec number 2562. The owner believes it to be a Kineo.
Thank-you, Denis
 
It appears that Kennebec may have used serial number 2562 three times. The last one was on a 16 foot Kineo model in 1930 that was technically 102562 but the first two digits are occasionally omitted. The middle one was a 14 foot long fisherman model row boat. My guess is that you have the first Kennebec canoe with serial number 2562 as shown on pages 294 and 295 of volume one in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to an 18 foot long Kineo Model. It was planked by Poirier on October 24th, 1914. The decks were "15 M" (15 inch mahogany?). The canvas was "58-10" (58 inches wide and number ten weight?). The canvas covering was and first filler coat was applied by Roy on November(?) 14th, 1914. Roy applied the second filler coat on May 8th, 1915. The keel was "A" (ash?), the braces (thwarts?) were "B" (Birch?), and the seats were "M" (mahogany?). It was railed by Sandberg (?) on May 8th, 1915. The original paint color was "A Red" and it was painted by Hanson on May 8th, 1915. It shipped to "W Phila"(the Wanamaker store in Philadelphia?) on May 12th, 1915. The original Kennebec records are stored at the Maine State Museum. May 8th, 1915. 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 join 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 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 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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Oops!
Benson -I'm sorry I forgot to include the length. It is indeed the 16 footer. So would you please give me that information. Again - sorry and thank-you.
Denis :eek:
 
The Kennebec canoe with serial number 102562 is shown on pages 214 and 215 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to 16 foot long Kineo Special Model. It was planked by S. Giroux on February 15th, 1930. The canvas covering and first filler coat was applied by Grant on the March 15th, 1930. The second filler coat was applied by Grant on March 22nd, 1930 and it was railed by Thompson on the same day. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was also completed on March 22nd, 1930 by L. Thib. The original color red. It shipped on April 12th, 1930 to location "30-72". 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.

Benson
 

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Denis has reported that this canoe has a deck tag that says "John Wanamaker, New York Sporting Goods" so that is a clear indication of the translation for location "30-72". However, if the format is “two digit year – annual sequential invoice number” then we still have a lot of work to do. Does anyone else know of another Kennebec with a Wannamaker tag which could be researched to see if they used the same number in the second half of the code (i.e. 29-72 for a canoe that was shipped to them in 1929). Thanks,

Benson
 
Yes, I have record of a couple shipped to Wanamaker, their codes are 23-28 and 29-68.

Dan
 
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