Kennebec S/N

The Kennebec canoe with serial number 22691 is shown on pages 110 and 111 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to 16 foot long Kennebec model which may have originally had outside stems although this was crossed out. It was planked by Mansell on February 19th, 1938. The canvas covering was applied by Thib. on February 26th, 1938 and he applied first filler coat on the same day. He applied the second filler coat on March 19th, 1938 and it was railed by Vigue on March 26th, 1938. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was completed on March 26th, 1938(?) by Thib. The "F 24" (Function number 23 or the thwarts?) and "F 27" (Function number 27 or the seats?) were all completed by Thib. on April 2nd, 1938. The original color was red with "gold greek ends" which was probably a gold stripe like the one shown at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/designs/design37.gif or http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/designs/design17.gif from the Old Town designs. It shipped on April 1st, 1938 to location "38-58". This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it. (I realize that the last few 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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