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Joe Seliga Square Stern Canoe

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Jason Crenshaw, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Jason Crenshaw

    Jason Crenshaw New Member

    Hello All!

    I've spent a little time lurking around on your forums and have been impressed by the knowledge and passion for wooden canoes. Last year I inherited a Seliga Canoe from my grandfather who has been telling me stories about this thing most of my life. As the story goes, he learned about Seliga Canoes by word of mouth while he was fighting in the Korean War. His first order of business upon returning to the states was to purchase a vee back Seliga that is now residing in my garage.

    When my grandfather went into assisted living, the canoe disappeared for awhile until I was contacted by a family friend who said it had been sitting in his barn. I went and retrieved it thinking I would attempt to restore this piece of family history and possibly share it with my own kids (if I get around to having any). After starting to sand it, I quickly realized it is beyond my scope of ability. It's been neglected for several years and needs pretty significant work. After some soul searching, I've decided I would just like to help it find a home where someone with the means and ability to restore it could appreciate it.

    I'm currently living in Northern California (north of Sacramento, South of Redding right on I5) and would be willing to part with it. The only thing I'd ask in exchange would be a good picture of it after it's restored-just to remember my grandfather. I realize a lot of this group is in the Minnesota area, but if someone is interested or has any suggestions for me just let me know. The serial number is difficult to read, but I believe it is 544191. Grandpa bought it in Ely (used to rant about how nice of a guy Joe was), then took it home to Curtis, MI, then brought it with his family when he moved them out to California in the early 60s. Unfortunately no paperwork exists. It's currently listed on Ebay just to get it out to a wider audience, but the listing is only $.99. If someone one here wants it, I'll take the listing down.

    -Jason 20180126_191602.jpg

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    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Dan Lindberg's records show it to be a 17 foot long vee stern model canoe in green with a fiberglass covering and number 191 which was actually number 121. It was his last one from 1954 and sold to a private party. Dan can probably provide more background. Good luck finding a nice new home for it.

    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
  3. OP
    Jason Crenshaw

    Jason Crenshaw New Member

    Thanks for the information Benson!
  4. daniel morlock

    daniel morlock New Member

    Do you still have this?
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    Jason Crenshaw

    Jason Crenshaw New Member

    Apologies for not posting an update. The canoe has been spoken for.
  6. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    An update -
    But 1st, I want to thank Jason for working with me.
    The canoe was loaded on the shippers trailer yesterday and is on it's way home to MN.
    Looking forward to seeing it in person.

    mmmalmberg and Benson Gray like this.
  7. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    The Seliga is home in MN.
    I'll have to wait until tomorrow to inspect it.
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