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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by d.p.thomas, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. d.p.thomas

    d.p.thomas New Member

    I think I have a oldtown 17 octa ....SN# 4943-1....

    Could someone help verify this data.

    d.p.thomas@mac.com
     
  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    If you post pictures of your canoe, we may be able to identify it. Old Town canoes generally have serial numbers that are 5-6 digits long, followed by a space and the length of the canoe (no dashes). There are some older OTs with 4 digit numbers, and the length of the canoe is either before or after the serial number (also with no dashes).

    Old Town 4943 is a 15' CS (common sense, or middle) grade Charles River model canoe with ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames, CLOSED spruce gunwales, and no keel. It was shipped to Old Forge, NY, on July 25, 1906. (This doesn't seem like the record that goes with your canoe.)

    There are canoes by other builders that have a deck similar to Old Town's and there are canoes by other builders with 4-digit serial numbers... as I said, pictures may help us figure out what you have.

    The scan of Old Town 4943 is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image.

    This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

    Kathy
     

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    d.p.thomas

    d.p.thomas New Member

    oldtown ??

    Kathryn, thanks for your quick reply...the correct # is 149431 and is a 17' canoe. The canoe hangs upside down in a vaulted ceiling...so it's difficult to get
    a really good shot. IMG_8588.jpg

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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 149431 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, a keel, a floor rack, and sponsons. It was built between July and November, 1947. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on February 19th, 1948 to Boston, Mass. The back side of this record indicates that it had moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia by September 30th, 1977 when there was a previous request for a copy of the build record.

    These scans and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to join.

    You may have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Please reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     

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