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Looking for Build/Record info - Old Town 18'

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by E-dog, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. E-dog

    E-dog New Member

    We have an Old Town that has been in the family as long as anyone can remember. I would love to find out more information if possible.

    The serial number is 72077 18

    Any information you are able to provide would be helpful.
    Thanks a bunch in advance for your assistance!
    Cheers,
    E
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 67680 is an 18 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack, and sponsons. It was built between June and July, 1922. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on August 8th, 1922 to Kalamazoo, Michigan. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

    72077.jpg

    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 http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/about-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Canoes with a family connection are always extra special. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     
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  3. OP
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    E-dog

    E-dog New Member

    That is the one. Thank you so much!! I also found a wooden piece that can be used as a seat back or set on the floor to sit on. Do you know that this is or if it might have come with the original canoe? The image is attached.
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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    E-dog

    E-dog New Member

    That is wonderful. Again, thank you so much!!
     
  6. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    I'd think that if the decal was the black and white, then chances are that it was originally bought with or near the purchase time of the canoe. If it has a newer decal I don't think it matters. It's a period piece that was being produced for a very long time without any discernible updates other than the decal.

    Here is a link where this is discussed. http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/dating-old-town-paddles.2955/
     
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