This canoe showed up on eBay last week. The seller included very poor photos. It was described as a circa 1922 canoe with a "Buck and Packard" tag. I watched the auction and it didn't seem to be getting much interest, so I took a chance and I bid the minimum and ended up winning. I was more than a little apprehensive about what I might find, but I drove up to Dover-Foxcroft, Maine today to retrieve it. Greg Nolan was up north, so we went together to pick it up. Plus, he provided a great lunch . Anyway, the canoe is basically intact and is very similar to D.B. Neal canoes from Dover-Foxcroft. Wide ribs, planking, one seat only in the stern typical of guide canoes, nice carved decks, no keel, very similar bow/stern profiles. This one has minimal rocker. Packard's shop is still standing in DF, and it was for sale a few years ago, but we have no idea who "Buck" was. Now for the bad news.....The canoe was pretty seriously remuddled. You should see the half-@ssed half ribs! I am hoping these will come out without screwing up the planking. Portions of the original inwales remain, but some crude scarfs added new pieces. Then when the scarfs failed, the inwales were reinforced. The stems are in great shape and appear original, but now I am wondering. There is no rot at the tips of the decks and the ends of the stems. It has canvas on it now rather than glass, which is a great relief. The decks are finely carved and I believe original and I do believe the thwarts and seat are original - you can see where someone stripped the old varnish and left residue near the gunwales etc. The canoe has been dropped a few times breaking ribs. I wonder if it wasn't dropped taking it out of the barn before I got there, but who knows. It does have great fine entry and wonderful old Maine canoe lines. I think it is salvageable and I have seen worse.