Serial Number 19609


I've just acquired a lovely old canoe with the serial number stamped into the stem: 19609. No other identification. Has heart-shaped decks, 16' long, beam 34". Any ideas?
The Carleton canoe with this serial number is 18 feet long so that probably isn't yours. My guess is that you have a Kennebec canoe with serial number 19609. This is shown on page 121 of volume number three in the Kennebec ledgers. It was assigned to a 16 foot long Kennebec Model, type a. It was planked by Morgan on December 10th, 1927. The canvas covering and first filler coat were applied by Roy and sponsons by McInnis on the same day. The second filler coat was applied by Thibodeau on December 24th, 1927. The rails were applied by Ciuie (?) on December 31th, 1927. The original color was gray and it shipped to location 28-213 on April 3rd, 1928. This location is probably an order number but we don't currently have enough information to identify it. The scans of this build record 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.

The microfilms and scans 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.

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 CDs available from and on the web.

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



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