mistaken identity


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I have canvas covered canoe that was my Fathers and my Grandfathers before that. It has always been thought that it was a Chestnut. I recently found numbers stamped into the stem. 1447 8162. Is it safe to say this is a Peterborough?
Do the last four digits hold any significance? Is there anyway to find out more history on this specific boat? Where it was made, when?
Looks like it dates from 1941, using the table at www.dragonflycanoe.com/id/. Records for specific serial numbers don't exist for most of the old canoe companies. You're lucky in that your canoe is easily identifiable and the serial number points to a specific model and year. Someone else may have information to add though.

I have a few factory Peterborough brochures that suggest the 1447 Trapper model was sold from 1941 to 1952. Maybe someone else has more information to fill in any gaps.
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