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Build Record Request - or anything you can tell me

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by woodboatendeavor, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. woodboatendeavor

    woodboatendeavor New Member

    I just picked this amazing canoe up off Craigslist this morning and the plan is to restore her this winter. First step is to discover what she is! I believe she may be an Old Town. After some gentle sanding I was able to pick up a serial number that I believe reads 1678395. Any information anyone could help provide me would be greatly appreciated!
     

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  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Looks like an Old Town that has been modified with a transom added.
    The correct serial number will tell the story as it left from the factory......
     
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 78395 is a 16 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, a keel, bilge keels, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between June and July, 1923. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on July 30th, 1923 to Spokane, Washington with two number one grade spruce paddles with seven inch blades. One was four feet long and the other was five feet long. A scan showing 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 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/about-the-wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://store.wcha.org/WCHA-New-Membership.html to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. The transom. floor rack, and half ribs were all probably added after it left the factory as Dave mentioned since none of them are listed in the original build record. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     

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    woodboatendeavor

    woodboatendeavor New Member

    That is great! Thank you so much! Does anyone have an opinion on the restoration? Keep her as is, or try to take her back to original?
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Well, the typical response to a question like this starts with "It's your canoe ..." so it really depends on what you want. If you don't want to keep it then your best option is usually to sell it "as is" since it is very difficult to guess how the ultimate buyer might want it restored. See http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?57 for more information about how to value a canoe like this. The classifieds at http://wcha.org/pp-classifieds/ are often the fastest way to find a good new home for it. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     

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