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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by dmd421, May 7, 2018.

  1. dmd421

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    We looked at a canoe today in Grosse Point Farms MI, kind of stumped as this only has 4 numbers.
    Here are some pics.

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  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Looks like a Penn Yan Owasco.
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I agree with Dave that it looks like a Penn Yan Owasco. The page below from their 1926 catalog describes them in more detail.


  4. OP

    dmd421 Debbie Darga

    Thanks Dave and Benson. Any guess to the age?
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are no known Penn Yan serial number records available so we don't have much to go on. I would guess that it is from the 1920s or 1930s. Others here with more Penn Yan experience may have a better answer,

  6. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Looks like it has an MGC signature painter ring. Nice.
  7. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    I did a 16 ft Owasco some years ago - it was ONS 62.
    I talked to the/a Penn Yan rep about when it might have been made, he claimed that the 16 ft O was 1st offered in 1931, and that in the 1st half of a decade, they dropped the year digits from the S/N. He also said that in '33 they used basswood for ribs instead of cedar.
    From that, he thought that mine was a 31 or 32.

    With out seeing more of the catalogs this is just a guess but,
    with (if it is) the 2 digit model code, ie OC, one might assume it's pre 31, as that's when the 16 ft was offered and maybe the 3 digit code started.
    And if the 1st half of the decade was used in the 20's, that would put it in the early 20's.

    Also, mine had maple decks, thwarts and seats.

    Another clue, the early PY's had the black/yellow vertical decal, the later (40's) had the rectangular blue decal, mine had an odd large horizontal oval decal,

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