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Maine State Museum, Artifact
In a letter dated 2-2-73 to rep Curtis, this canoe is said to have been built in the late 18th century by Mrs. Kenny's family (the Davies and Willard), to ascend the Kennebec River to settle at Williamsburg Township in 1780-1785. The canoe, however, follows a Penobscot or Malicite pattern. It may be of considerable age since its gunwales are lashed unlike later bark canoes. However, the gunwale cap is nailed on and the nails appear to be cut (not hand forged) suggesting that it is unlikely that the canoe was made much before c. 1800 (as this is the conventional date given for the introduction of cut nails in most northeastern markets).
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