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Background

This Peterborough canoe had been stored under a cottage on 31 Mile Lake in rural Quebec for decades until a new owner cleaned it out and sold it to Carolyn and Marty.

The Peterborough Canoe Company stamped their serial numbers on the inside stem of the canoes and thus made it easy for owners to determine the type and date of their canoe.  In this case, the first numbers 1434, represent the model number which indicates this canoe is a Champlain  Pleasure canoe built in 1941 (thanks to woodencanoemuseum.org for the details). I'm not sure what the other 4 numbers refer to, my guess is that it would be the canoe number?

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The Project

This canoe was delivered with the canvas already removed. The overall shape of the boat is in good condition and aside from new outwales and a couple of planks at the bow and stern ends, there will not be a lot of woodwork needed.

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This canoe has a nice smile (moderate rocker) with classic rounded bow and stern stems.

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There was some deterioration on a couple of the ribs at the ends of the canoe.

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I've seen this scratch patterns before between planks, still a mystery to me as to why the builder did this. Hmmmm....

Tacking the Canvas
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Attaching the Keel and Gunwales
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