Thompson Brothers

The Thompson Brothers Boat Manufacturing Company of Peshtigo, Wisconsin was founded in 1904 by Peter and Christ Thompson. Peter had learned boat building by previously working for the Racine Boat Company and for Chris Smith, founder of Chris-Craft. In 1924, Thompson Brothers expanded and added a second factory located in Cortland, New York. Thompson Brothers built wood canoes through 1962.

Indentifying Features:

Distinctive deck profile

Distinctive planking pattern

Distinctive stem profile during certain time periods

Metal strap joining gunwales under deck

If half ribs present, stringer covers ends of half ribs

Commonly found models:

Indian Model: Standard Thompson model, does not have half ribs.

Hiawatha Model: Built on the same mold as the Indian Model, has half ribs with ends covered by stringer.

Ranger Model: This model has a very flat sheer.

Detailed Model Information:

Thompson Brothers Canoe Models

ModelYearsLxWxDStem Profile Half Ribs Notes
Hiawatha1921-1946 16 x 33 x 13
17 x 34 x 13
18 x 34 x 13
Torpedo NoseYes
Indian1907-1927 15 x 32 x 12
16 x 33 x 12½
17 x 33 x 12½
18 x 34 x 12½
TraditionalNo
Indian1928-ca.1950 15 x 32 x 12½
16 x 33 x 12½
17 x 33 x 12½
18 x 34 x 12½
Torpedo NoseNo
Indianca.1950-1959 16 x 35 x 12 TraditionalOptionalSame as 1937-50 Ranger ?
Voyageur1910-ca.1914 15 x 32 x 12
16 x 33 x 12½
17 x 33 x 12½
18 x 34 x 12½
TraditionalBuilt on same mold as Indian of same era.
Ranger1937-ca.1950 15 x 35 x 12
16 x 35 x 12½
TraditionalOptionalSimilar to 1907-28 Indian
Rangerca.1950-1959 15 x 35 x 12
16 x 35 x 12½
17 x 35 x 12½
TraditionalOptionalFlat Sheer
Agawamca.1922 Like Indian
Canadianca. 1907 15 x 32 x 12
16 x 32 x 12
17 x 32 x 12
TraditionalLow Sheer
Hudson Bay Canoe ca. 1936 16 x 35 x 13 Extreme at Ends Yes
Camp Canoe1936-ca.1939 16 x 33 x 12¾
17 x 34 x 12¾
Torpedo Nose3" Tumblehome