old town canoe serial# 10494-18


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Please advise if you can give me any info on this canoe- I believe it is an 18 foot guideboat. Thanks!
The Old Town canoe with serial number 10494 is a 17 foot long Charles River model and the Carleton canoe is 16 feet long Carleton model so those probably are not yours. My guess is that you have the Kennebec canoe with serial number 10494 as shown on pages 452 and 453 of volume two in the Kennebec ledgers. This was assigned to an 18 foot long Kennebec model type A with sponsons. It was planked by Swain on January 13th, 1916. The canvas covering and first filler coat was applied by Roy on January 15th, 1916. The second filler coat was applied by Lanc on June 28th, 1916. The keel was oak. The braces (thwarts?) and seats were map (maple?). These were both installed by Harris on Juny 22nd 1916. The original paint color was M Green (Medium Green?) and was applied by Mansell on July 24th, 1916. It shipped to Edw. (Edward?) Ouellette on August 8th, 1916. The original Kennebec records are stored at the Maine State Museum. I am unable to attach a scan of these records since their current 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 http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.html to join.

More information about the Kennebec models can be found in the Kennebec catalogs contained on the Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Company Catalog Collection CD available from http://merchandise.wcha.org/ 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 your canoe or guide boat. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

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