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Discussion in 'Wooden Canoe Events' started by Captfreddy, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Captfreddy

    Captfreddy New Member

    Have an old town canoe appears to have been made in the early 1920's...has sponsons on the gunnels...any help with identification and suggested restore and care? New member
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 95796 is an AA (or top) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red Western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, a floor rack, sponsons, and a rudder. It was built between October, 1927 and March, 1928. The original exterior paint color was similar to the one shown at which was known as the design number 32. It also had "Dodo" on the right and left bow in three inch gold letters. It shipped on March 23rd, 1928 to Tuxedo Park, New York. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

    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 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 to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. There is lots of good information in this forum about canoe restoration and care. The book at is another good source of information. Please attach a picture here if the original design and lettering are still showing. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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