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Need Birthday For New (to Me) Old Town 16 Footer...

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Howie, May 8, 2018.

  1. Howie

    Howie LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Checked into my computer at 1:00 today & saw this beauty in Webster. The fella must have just listed it. Asking price was $190. Got it for $150. The nice blue Old Town (I assume) paddles included. Judging by the really thin stems it looks to be a 50 Pounder, but I don't think they cane in 16' flavors. Serial # is 126196-16. Mr Benson sir?
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    Got to talking with the fella. Turns out he's into restoring old furniture. And hates to cane chairs. So... maybe I'll get some fun caning jobs out of the deal as well!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 126196 is a 16 foot long, CS (Common Sense) grade, Yankee model with open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and a keel. It was built between December, 1938 and April, 1939. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It may have shipped on May 19th, 1939 to Rochester, New York. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image 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 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 your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

  3. OP

    Howie LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thank you!

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