Kineo Special 2877 info search

James Lee

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I am looking for information about a Kineo Special with a number 2877 stamped on the bow plate. The plate indicates it was built by Kennebec Boat and Canoe in Waterville, Maine. I just had this canoe restored and am looking for info on it's history. I believe it was originally sold by a company in Duluth, MN. What year was it made? Is there any documentation such as brochures, etc that the company produced about this canoe? Is Kennebec still in business?
Welcome and congratulations, I suspect that your plate has an "M" preceding the serial number which was used to signify that the serial number was 102877. The Kennebec canoe with this serial number is shown on pages 220 and 221 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. It was assigned to an 16 foot long Kineo Special model that was planked by Morgan on July 19th, 1930. Leonard applied the canvas covering on the same day. Leonard applied the first filler coat on July 26th, 1930 and the second coat on August 2nd, 1930. It was railed by C. Toulouse on September 13th, 1930. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?), "F 24" (Function number 24 or the finish work), and "F 28" (Function number 28 or the painting) were completed by Thib. on the same day. The original color was red. It was packed by Leonard on September 20th, 1930 and shipped to location "31-290" on May 18th, 1931. 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.

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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 donate, 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. The information at indicates that Kennebec closed around 1941.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

Thank you for the quick reply. You are correct there is an M proceeding the number. I appreciate the information and will probable pick up the catalog you mention. I am glad there is a place to go and learn about the history of these old canoes and will take you up on your recommendation to donate. Thanks again.