Damn Titan! Another one I've been wanting to get! We should combine our collections. You seem to have the ones I don't and vice-verse, together we probably cover most of the canoes made!!!
You are correct about the LE Series, they differ in handle color, jig pattern, and shield. Each series is produced in limited numbers, the earlier series were 2500 and the more recent series are 3000. They haven't offered a canoe or butterbean pattern in all of the series (there are usually 11 patterns in each series) but I have every one that has been offered to date (canoe or butterbean that is).
I can't educate you on the canoe etching on SS. I'd need to do some research. I know that the ones I have are all CV.
Here's another LE, Series IX, Burnt White Bone.