William English Canoe Company

Years in Business: 
1861 - 1932
Company History: 

The William English Canoe Co. was established in 1861 by William English. He died in 1891, and the business carried on under William’s younger brother Samuel and partners John Carveth and John Baptiste O’Dette. In 1914 the company was purchased by the owners of the Peterborough Canoe Company who maintained the English brand name until sometime in the 1920’s, but moved operations to the Peterborough Canoe Company factory. The charter of the company was surrendered late 1932.

Models Offered: 
  • All-Wood Open Canoes - William English offered all-wood canoes in basswood or cedar wide-board construction and longitudinal cedar strip construction. Numerous models were offered that ranged in length from 13-1/2’ to 20’.
  • Freight Canoes - built in all-wood or canvas-covered construction in lengths ranging from 17’ to 20’.
  • Half-Deck Canoes - built on the same models as open canoes.
  • War Canoes - all-wood construction, 30’ in length and accomodates 15 paddlers.
  • Canvas Covered Canoes - offered in two models (Otonabee and Alqonquin) and built in lengths from 15’ to 18’