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Is it a Carleton?

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by MGC, May 26, 2020.

  1. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    SN is very hard to read..and I've waited patiently (not) for almost a month for a picture of the stem. It looks like 6885, it could be 6585 or 8885...the last two numbers are a sure thing..the first two (can't see a third) are very hard to make out. I also do not see a length marked on the stem...there may be one but it is not visible.
    Heart shaped decks, un-tapered ribs, closed rails, one bow carry thwart... I believe it's a 17 foot canoe.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    There are no known records for the Carleton canoes with serial numbers 6585 and 6885 so those were probably built before Old Town purchased them in March of 1910. The Carleton canoe with serial number 8885 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Carleton model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, open spruce finish rails, and a keel. It was built between January and April, 1912. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 12th, 1912. A scan of this build record is shown below.

    These scans and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. It is not clear if this canoe has open or closed gunwales since the notes are conflicting. Can you share any pictures of the canoe and stem? Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Thanks,



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