• Around 1917, the Haskell Manufacturing Company of Ludington, Michigan, debuted a composite canoe called the V’neer.


From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • The boat was made of three-ply plywood with birch veneer on the faces and redwood in the center, held together with a waterproof glue that Henry Haskell had invented. The company claimed a weight of less than 60 pounds, but the construction technique did not catch on.
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