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Just Found In Northern Alababma

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Tennessee Jed, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Tennessee Jed

    Tennessee Jed New Member

    I just found a fairly sound Old Town 50lb in an estate sale in north Alabama. The serial number is either 140326 15 or 140826 15. The same family has owned it since new and it has spent some of the last 30 years in Mississippi but no one is sure where or when it was purchased. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 140326 is shown as 15 feet long, CS (common sense or standard) grade, 50 pound model with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, seats, and thwarts, and equipped with a keel. The canoe was built between July and August 1944. The original exterior paint was dark green, with a guide special green bottom. It was shipped to Clarksdale, Mississippi on September 8, 1944. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

    140326 - OT20627A.jpg

    This scan and several hundred thousand others 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.

    Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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    Tennessee Jed

    Tennessee Jed New Member

    Awesome.... thanks, Greg! I've seen the OEM color pallets on other WCHA forums but don't find a reference for "guide special green". Can you describe? Thanks again and a big heart-felt high-five for your management of all this fantastic history!
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I'm not aware of any original color chip or PMS code for GS green. It was probably slightly lighter than the more typical dark green. I would encourage you to just pick a shade that you like. Good luck with the restoration,

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    Tennessee Jed

    Tennessee Jed New Member

    Good advice. Thanks, Benson... I appreciate your efforts!

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