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Mystery Canoe serial number 36 9307

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Emma Westling, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Emma Westling

    Emma Westling New Member

    Hello Wise Ones,
    I recently rescued a very nice wood and canvas canoe (in need of some work) from the trash and before I begin mucking around with it I would love to find out more about it. I'm a wood canoe noob but I've done some reading around this site and I've ordered Mike Elliot's book.

    The serial number (36 9307) on the canoe can be found on the bow stem only. I've included some photos but I have yet to take measurements. Please let me know what you think and what other information or photos would be helpful for identification. Many thanks!


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  2. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Hello Emma:

    Looks like a great little rescue project. Congrats! Some measurements will help, but I think you might have a Chestnut Chum, or "peternut" equivalent. It has a shoe keel too. There are no serial number records remaining for these Canadian canoes, so we may not be able to tell more from the serial number. The "36" does not appear to reflect the beam. Chums are fine paddling canoes and very popular among friends of mine.

    Others will likely chime in especially if you can get some measurements.


  3. OP
    Emma Westling

    Emma Westling New Member

    Thanks folks, measurements forthcoming, hopefully this evening.
  4. OP
    Emma Westling

    Emma Westling New Member

    Measurements are as follows:
    14' LOA
    30" beam at the gunwales, 32" at widest point
    Ribs: 1.5"
    Space between ribs: 1.5"
    Depth: 13" measured from rib, ~13.5 measured from plank

    My snooping on canoeguybc.wordpress seems to indicate a Chestnut Playmate? Does that sound likely? I'd love to know where I can find out what species were used for the various components.
    Thanks again!
  5. Fitz

    Fitz Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Playmate sounds good. From your photos, I would guess the trim (seats, thwart, decks) are maple. The inwales appear to be ash. Ribs and planking are both likely to be northern white cedar.

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