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16 ft Old Town # 120871 history , thanks

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by Mark Kerr, Oct 20, 2021.

  1. Mark Kerr

    Mark Kerr Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for help with this,

    Mark Kerr
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 120871 is a 16 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with open spruce gunwales, oak decks, oak thwarts, oak seats, and a keel. It was built between March and June, 1937. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June 29th, 1937 to Chicago, Illinois. A scan of this build record can be found 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 donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to donate or join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



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