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Info On Square Stern Old Town Canoe

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Everett Oakes, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Everett Oakes

    Everett Oakes New Member

    I was hoping I could get the build record on a canoe with the serial number 158318. It could also possibly be 158316, I'm unable to completely make out the last digit completely. However it is a 16ft square stern without sponsons if that helps narrow things down.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 158318 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, square stern model with a four foot deck, a keel and outside stems. It was built between August and October, 1952. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on April, 24th, 1954 to Orono, Maine. A scan showing 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. The Old Town with serial number 158316 is a Yankee model with two pointed ends. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018
  3. OP
    Everett Oakes

    Everett Oakes New Member

    Thanks for the quick reply! Would 4 ft decks be referring to the front deck coming 4 feet back from the bow?
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Yes, I have made this singular to be more clear. Sorry about that,


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