The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Grumman Aluminum Canoe

1945

A 1950s-era Grumman canoe

A 1950s-era Grumman canoe     Photo: Courtesy of Grumman

After portaging a heavy wood and canvas canoe on an Adirondacks fishing trip, William Hoffman, vice president of Grumman Aircraft Engineering, made a canoe from the same lightweight, stretch-formed aluminum that Grumman used to become the largest producer of carrier-based fighter planes during World War II. By the end of the war Grumman was producing lines of 13-foot, 15-foot, 17-foot, 18-foot, 19-foot, and 20-foot canoes.

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