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Indian Girl Canoe-How many still exist?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Dave Wermuth, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    Having owned two IGs briefly and still in possession of one, a 15'er, I got to wondering if a registry exists and if anyone knows how many may have survived and are being used.
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    I keep track of the ones I see or hear about (i.e. serial number postings). There are 45 on the list, plus three more identified by sn in the Fox ledgers.

    There is no way to know how many survive or are being used.
  3. smallboatshop

    smallboatshop Restorers

    Hi Dan,

    For your list, we did a 16' IG in 2002 number 5206.

  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Thanks, Dan. I don't suppose you recall what grade it was?
  5. smallboatshop

    smallboatshop Restorers

    Couldn't find that we noted the grade; but looks like OI or B -- not mahogany; short decks, open gunwale with edge of sheer plank exposed.

    Hope this helps.

    Had used an apostrophe for 'foot' in the file name - better now.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
  6. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Dan.. Are the three that Dave mentions part of your list?

  7. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Thanks for the info.

    You probably have characters in the filename that make it choke (like apostrophes or quotation marks).
  8. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Two of them, at least, are.
  9. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    As expected...and I think you have both of mine. Just from this post there are 6 and although I don't keep a list I know of another dozen or so, a few of which are almost certainly known to you.
    It's easy to speculate that there are quite a few more out there than you know of but even so (I think) safe to say there aren't too many of them. There were not that many built.
    This gets back a to a question I recently asked in a different thread, how on earth have the Seliga canoes commanded the prices that they do when much more scarce boats sell for 1/3rd the price?
    We are a fickle bunch.
  10. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

  11. hornbeam

    hornbeam Forester

    Is there any guess of how many St Lawrence Boat Works Whistle Wings that were built on IG forms exist?

  12. 1905Gerrish

    1905Gerrish LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I have a navahoe. Realize its not the IG and not sure if its worthy to make your list Dan?
  13. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Navajos are simply IGs with a lowered sheer and more economical materials. Yes, listworthy. Can't check my list now until April 29, as I am going offline shortly.
  14. OP
    Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    3250 pocketed inwales of cherry-mine
    3020 not pocketed but now with cherry caps both side and top-wanderlustjake
  15. whalen

    whalen Will canoe, and have been canoed,

  16. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Hm....built in Clayton NY? That's an interesting alternative fact.
    That is indeed a famous IG.....built in lovely Canton NY...." where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking"...whoops, that's Lake Wobegon...ain't no strong women or good looking men in Canton:eek:
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017
  17. ticonderoga

    ticonderoga "Just one more"

    Is there any ides as to how many Indian canoes were made ?
  18. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Dan Miller would be the best person to provide that estimate but he will be off line for a few more weeks so please be patient.

  19. OP
    Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    While we're waiting....If I recall correctly, there were about 5500 total.
  20. Boatman53

    Boatman53 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I just took the lines of a 16' IG here on Long Island, NY. I did not see any numbers but Indian Girl was stamped into one of the thwarts.

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