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SS Research 1908 & 15

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by John Boynton, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. John Boynton

    John Boynton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hi,

    Not sure if researching my serial number correctly but on one stem #15 is imprinted and the other #1908. The boat measures 14'8". I realize 1908 is popular year as is 15' length so could be coincidence or I have SS1908 and it's a few inches short of 15'.

    Appears to be early closed gunwale.

    Any insight would be great. Image attached. Screen Shot 2019-08-10 at 12.03.01 PM.png

    Grateful in advance,

    John
     
  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Lets see some pics of the side and decks.
    That straight planking suggests Thompson........
     
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Can you provide some pictures of the serial numbers from each end. The font can be an indication. Some other pictures could help as well like Dan suggested. Thanks,

    Benson
     
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    John Boynton

    John Boynton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Here are a few more images. Thank you! Short stem image includes the #15 - but very hard to read. Longer Stem is the #1908.
     

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  5. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    How about photos of the decks, seats and thwarts??? They can be more telling than what has already been posted.
     
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    John Boynton

    John Boynton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Adding a few more. Thank you Dave!
     

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  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    John Boynton

    John Boynton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thank you Benson - indeed that is my brother. Didn't realize he had requested...yes it is the same canoe. As you can see our restoration hasn't advanced. Believe it's actually time to send it down the river to a new owner.
     
  9. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    John Boynton

    John Boynton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thank you Benson - I assume this canoe falls into one of the following categories from the linked thread:

    Basket case canoe: $Free- $200.
    Restorable, not too bad: $200 - $500
     
  11. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I agree that this canoe appears to be is solidly in the free to $500 range. The determining factors will probably be how anxious you are to get rid of it, the location, and how many broken ribs (and other parts) it has. Many of these breaks may not be obvious until the varnish is removed. It appears to have had a stern quarter thwart added which is usually a sign of an attempt to quickly fix a problem in the past. See https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/3968/ and https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/15877/page-2#post-82173 for a canoe that I once owned which had a similar fix.

    Benson
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2019

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