18th century canoe coming home to Maine


BIDDEFORD (AP) — An 18th century canoe unearthed on a Biddeford, Maine, beach nearly 30 years ago is on its way home.

The Biddeford Finance Committee last week agreed to contribute $3,000 toward the cost of bringing the canoe back to Maine.

The 21-foot wooden canoe was excavated from the beach in 1986 and sent to Massachusetts for a conservation process that was never completed. It has languished in storage at Plimoth Plantation for years.

Jeff Cabral, director of Biddeford’s library, last year launched an effort to return the canoe to Maine and put it on permanent display. He told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1xkgy64 ) it’s an important piece of local history.

A historian says the canoe is similar to ones made by Native Americans, but the wood shows tool marks indicating white settler influence.