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Grandfather’s Old Town

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Matt Wax, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Matt Wax

    Matt Wax New Member

    Looking for info on my Granddad’s canoe that was passed down to me.

    Serial number 149163 18

    Thanks in advance!!


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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 149163 is an 18 foot long, AA (or top) grade, guide model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, a keel, a floor rack, and a rowing seat on hangers. The shipment also included an extra inside gunwale. It was built between June, 1947 and February, 1948. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on April 26th, 1948 to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 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 more 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. Canoes with a family connection are always extra special. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

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    Matt Wax

    Matt Wax New Member

    That’s her! He was originally from Rison, AR, which is a tiny town just down the road from Pine Bluff.
    The whole family will appreciate this information. Thanks a bunch, Benson!

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