by Don Barriball
The Stranahan folding canvas boats were small, wood framed, canvas covered boats that weighed about 25 pounds. They were manufactured in Chagrin Falls from 1879 until 1890, although exact dates are unclear. John Jay Stranahan, editor of the Exponent newspaper, was one of several owners of the company.
This short booklet tells the history of the company and shows several patent drawings of the boat.