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c.1915 B.N. Morris
Morris was arguably the finest builder of wood and canvas canoes in the United States. He used only the highest quality materials and coupled them with superb craftsmanship. As he was known to say “I only produce one grade of canoe – the best.” From his shop in Veazie, Maine he produced canoes from about 1887 to 1920 when fire consumed that facility. This is a very nicely preserved representation of his best work.

* 2008 Winner - 1st Place Canoe/Kayak category, 31st Annual WNY Antique Boat Show

Photos:
c.1915  B.N. Morris

c.1915  B.N. Morris c.1915  B.N. Morris


Canoe Specifications:
Model:
C, Type 1
Serial number:
15143
Beam (maximum):
33 inches
Depth (amidships):
12.5 inches
Length:
17 feet
Weight:
approximately 80 lbs.
Carrying Capacity:
400+ lbs.
Color:
Black


Woods:
Ribs:
Northern White cedar
Planking:
Northern White cedar
Gunwales:
White Spruce
Decks:
Caribbean Mahogany
Thwarts:
Caribbean Mahogany
Keel:
7/8 inch White Ash


Seats:
Bow & Stern:
Hand-caned Caribbean Mahogany


More Photos:
c.1915  B.N. Morris

c.1915  B.N. Morris c.1915  B.N. Morris


Restoration Details:
  • Wood: all original except for center thwart
  • Hardware: all original
  • First rib back from number plate: repaired with a screwed epoxied steel plate (underside). All other apparent rib cracks are surface only.
  • Exterior Hull: 4 coats of canvas filler over #10 canvas, 3 coats of Interlux marine primer, 3 coats of 2-part Interlux Perfection.
  • Interior Hull: 6 coats of Epifanes gloss varnish (for UV protection), then 3 coats of a gloss/satin mix to replicate the dulled varnish available in the early 1900’s.
  • Seats, decks and thwarts – Hand-caned in the Morris pattern with 7 coats of gloss and 3 coats of mix.

Defects Still Present:

  • The deck is engraved with the letters ‘H.S.O.L.’. We have no idea what this signifies but have had some fun positing the meaning (mostly near the end of what was a lengthy restoration).
  • The starboard topwale near the bow is somewhat roughed up and discolored. Rather than replace the entire piece (which would really stick out) we did our best to minimize its’ appearance.
  • There are a few minor planking cracks although they do not detract from the overall appearance and are structurally insignificant.

Price: $10,800.00
SOLD

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