Dunphy Boat Manufacturing Co.


Dunphy was founded in 1845 by John Dunphy, a Norwegian emigrant. The company was located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until 1935, when it relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The company remained in business until the 1960's.

While early boats were traditionally built, the company became most well-known for its molded plywood boats and runabouts.

Canoes were never a major product for the company; they were only offered for a few years. Dunphy canoes were once described to me as "a canoe only a mother can love".

Dunphy Canoe Models
ModelDimensionsYears OfferedNotes
Indian Girl16' x 33" x 13"ca1910-192436" or 15" decks
Indian Girl17' x 34" x 13"ca1910-192636" or 15" decks
1925 - Sharpness at bows increased
1925 - 36" deck only
Indian Girl18' x 35" x 13"ca1910-192436" or 15" decks
Cruising Canoe16' x 34" x 13"ca1920-192336" or 15" decks
Cedar batten-seam construction
Chief Oshkosh16' x 34½" x 13"
17' x 35½" x 13"
18' x 37" x 13"
1938Virtually no sheer.