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#12670-16' looking for build sheet info. any help .thank you in advance..JIM

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Jim Wacker, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Jim Wacker

    Jim Wacker New Jersey canoeist

    Good evening fellow paddlers, jersey jim here
    I recently purchased a old town canoe 16' ,# 12670 thinking 1909-1911ish. short history from western adirondack region 3 owners .. someone fiber glassed it has #4 design on it now white paint . some blue paint under that paint carry thwart handles were .removed and inwales plugged.. has diamond head bolts . has ash decks old holes filled and pluggged no decal . ash thwarts. ash cane seats no cane on them.. has outside stems ash.. and full keel . full stem red copper/brass bands around .hull. in three pieces also included was a cargo rack painted white.. any info helps. hope to show next assembly 2018 golden oldies shine again... will look better and work work.. fun fun fun... regards. JIM
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Hi Jim, the Old Town canoe with serial number 12670 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Charles River model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, spruce outside finish rails, and a keel. It was built between November 1909 and January, 1910. The original exterior paint color was Sagamore red. It shipped on April 9th, 1910 to Toledo, Ohio. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

    This scan and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. The Carleton canoe with this serial number has outside stems but is 17 feet long. Pictures might help. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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