Hello again all, and happy holidays.
I've replaced both stems on this canoe and was able to get a close-up look at the serial number on the old stems. They are pretty worn down and the complete number is tough to read. I wetted the area with hot water and the digits, or partial digits became more visible as the area was drying. I think it's safe to say that I have Serial #136774. Benson has already provided the build sheet, and it's a match.
Now I have two more questions:
This canoe has copper tacks and was built in 1943. I thought that steel or or galvanized iron tacks were used during the WWII years due to the shortage of copper. Any comments?
I removed the deck and it only measures about 12 1/2", and not 16". I realize the tip is missing, but not to the extent that it would lose 3 1/2". The deck measures 5 1/2" at the widest point. I guess my question is, how is the length of the deck measured? For reference please look at the photo of the deck area I posted back in October.