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I think its a 17' old town but it's serial number is 2201

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by MarthaB, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. MarthaB

    MarthaB New Member

    I found the canoe in Michigan and was told it was an Old Town Guide Canoe.
    The bow and stern deck plates do not seem to be shaped correctly.
    They seem to be more arrow shaped plate with a smooth curve.
    It does have the serial number 2201 and 17 on the stem.
    It has 1/2 ribs between the ribs, a fairly flat bottom, and only 2 thwarts.
    Any Ideas?
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  3. Walter Hauck

    Walter Hauck LOVES Wooden Canoes

    If it is an Arrowhead deck it could be a St. Louis Boat and Canoe Co. #2201 was built around Sept. 1945. Does it have caned seats or slat seats?
    It should have outside stems. Leaving tomorrow for the Boundary Waters---be back in a week! Wally Hauck, St. Louis
  4. OP

    MarthaB New Member

    Thanks for the help!!!!

    Thank You for your help!
    I've tried to post pics but I can't seem to figure it out...yet.
    I think you've nailed it... The decks are a dark, tight grain, 17" arrow shaped wood. Teak? The seats are cane with diamond head bolts. At least one seat and thwart appears to be handmade replacements. The current exterior rails are not right and it does not have bow or stern exterior brass bits. Any ideas where to get the correct parts? Did it have some type of keel on the outside of the canvas?
    I'll keep trying to post pictures.
    Thank You!
    Martha B

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