Mystery canoe #22726 17


I would like to request a serial number search for a beautiful mystery canoe that was represented as an Old Town. It has beautiful tall recurve stems and I can't find the model in OT catalogs.

Thanks, R. C.
The Old Town canoe with serial number 22726 is an 18 foot long HW model so that probably is not yours. My guess is that you have the Kennebec canoe with serial number 22726 as shown on pages 138 and 139 of volume four in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to 17 foot long Katahdin A Model. It was planked by Mansell on April 15th, 1939. The canvas covering and first filler coat was applied by Thib. on the same day. The second filler coat was applied by Vigue on May 6th, 1939. It was railed by Vigue on June 10th, 1939. The "F 22" (Function number 22 or the keel?) was also completed by Thib. on July 22nd, 1939. The original paint color was red. The stripe and letting columns have a cryptic note of "(T. H. May 41-14 10/23/40)." The shipping date was June 5th, 1940 to location "40-138". This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it. The original Kennebec records are stored at the Maine State Museum. I am unable to attach a scan of these records since their policies do not permit any electronic reproduction of their materials.

The microfilms 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 to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

The Katahdin model had tall recruve stems similar to the Old Town Molitor model as shown at and the Kennebec type A was similar to the Old Town CS grade. More information about the Katahdin and other Kennebec models can be found in the Kennebec catalogs contained on the Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Company Catalog Collection CD available from and on the web.

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.

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Kennebec identified


Many thanks for your research and information. I don't know what we would do without you. I have checked your description and reference to Kennebec on the C.D. catalog and my boat fits perfectly: a 1939-40 Katahdin. There is still a little red paint, maybe original Italian Red on the undersides of the outwales. The canoe is badly weathered but with a little work it should be a beauty.

My compliments to R.C. for his restoration efforts. I just bought the canoe from a family who owned at least 5 models. It now lives in Riverside, Calif. The new blue color is terrific and the graphics which apparently were added later are distinctive. I plan to take good care of this baby.