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Guidance With A Old Town Serial Number

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by conquerordie, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. conquerordie

    conquerordie New Member

    I'm researching Old Town serial number 63802 18. She's a 18 foot canoe that's has been worked on. She has been fiberglassed, but expertly done. I have no intentions on restoring it to original condition as it is very useable as is. This is my first foray into wooden canoe and I can already tell I'm hooked. I would love to know the canoes history starting with its manufacture. Thank you for the help, and look forward to exploring this site!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 63802 is an 18 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, Otca model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, twenty inch maple decks, maple thwarts, maple seats, and a keel. It was built between November and December, 1920. The original exterior paint color was ebony with a palm green border stripe and a half inch gold stripe with turned down ends. This may have looked similar to the one at with different colors which was later known as the design number 10. It shipped on February 10th, 1922 to York, Penna. 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 the canoe. Feel free to reply if you have any other questions.

  3. OP

    conquerordie New Member

    Thank you so much for this info. The canoe is not what it once was when it was created. It has been changed, but it still a very serviceable and beautiful canoe professionally done. All part of its history!

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