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Build records request

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by abhraxas, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. abhraxas

    abhraxas LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Would you please post the build records for the following Old Town canoes-
    179040 -16 feet
    89042- 18 feet
    114291- 18 feet
    Thank you
    John Strasser
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 179040 is a 16 foot long Otca model with a keel. It was built between September and November, 1967. The original exterior paint color was red. It shipped on May 17th, 1968 to Groton, Conn.

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 89042 is an 18 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, Otca model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, a keel, and outside stems. It was built between December, 1925 and August, 1927. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June 26th, 1928 to Raquette Lake, New York.

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 114291 is an 18 foot long, AA (or top) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red Western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, a floor rack, and sponsons. It was built between July, 1934 and June, 1935. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on July 3rd, 1935 to Falling Waters, West Virginia.

    89042.jpg 114291.jpg 179040.jpg

    Scans of these build records can be found by following the links at the thumbnail images attached above. These scans 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/catalogs/old-town/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-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have other numbers or manufacturers if these descriptions don't match your canoes. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     
  3. Ann

    Ann Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Could you post the build record for old town serial number 15351
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town build record for serial number 15351 shows a 17 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red Western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, spruce outside finish rails, keel, and a middle thwart. It was built between November, 1910 and June, 1911. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June, 17th, 1911 to the Barberton Hardware Company in Barberton, Ohio as shown below. This is not a good match for your canoe shown at http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/15791/ and on eBay. Feel free to reply here or in your other thread if you have more questions.

    Benson



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  5. Ann

    Ann Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Here's the serial number. Help if possible. It definitely has to be 5 digits. Thanks in advance
     
  6. Ann

    Ann Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Wordking on sending you a couple pics.
     

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  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I respectfully disagree. Paul has responded to this question in your original thread and we both feel that the correct serial number is 115351. The first two digits are simply not well stamped. These numbers were done by hand, one digit at a time in a cramped area so the spacing and impressions are highly irregular as shown here. I can provide other examples if you would like to see them.

    Benson
     
  8. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

    If this is in reference to the "1907" OT post from this morning...look again. That serial number is very clearly one with 6 digits...115351 is the number. End of story. I deleted a post that I made this morning when I saw your reply. My post said what yours did, that the SN has a pair of ones in the front of the 5351.. I went on to explain how to do a pencil rub using a cash register receipt to pull up the extra digits...
    I'm surprised this has not been put to bed yet.
    That ain't no 1907 and I ain't mistaken on this one........... not this time.
     

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