Old Town 142515

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by H. Huester, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. H. Huester

    H. Huester New Member

    Recently acquired a 15' Old Town wood/canvas canoe.
    Serial# is 142515 15
    Is the build sheet still available?

    Thank you VERY much for your help!
    Heinz
     
  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 142515 is 15 feet long, AA (top) grade, a 50 Pound model with western red cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales (wood for decks, thwarts and seats is not specified, but are usually mahogany on an AA grade canoe) and equipped with a keel and floor rack. There is a notation that there was only a middle thwart -- but 15’ 50 Pound models usually had only a middle thwart. This canoe was shipped to a Boy Scout scoutmaster -- and camp and scout boats often had kneeling thwarts instead of seats. It’s not clear what this notation indicates -- no seats or kneeling thwarts at all? There is also a note that #10 canvas was used -- a grade heavier than usually used for 50 Pound models. In any event, it was built between July and August 1945. The exterior was
    stamp-identified as dark green, but a hand-written note indicates that a custom color, guide special green, was actually used. It was shipped on August 17, 1945 to Springfield, Pennsylvania. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

    142515 - 56267.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 http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ 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 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. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    If possible, can you post a few pictures of your canoe? Seeing what the seating/thwart arrangement is would be of interest.

    Greg
     
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    H. Huester

    H. Huester New Member

    Wonderful - thank you VERY much Greg!
    Amazing that this kind of information is still available...

    Quick questions for you:
    I assume the ribs are white cedar?
    The note for planking appears to read "wc" - is that also White Cedar (or Western Red)?

    On a side note:
    I purchased the canoe at an estate sale after the death of the original owner listed on this build sheet.
    Wow, 72 years old and it now has its second owner - how neat!

    Thanks again, your time is sincerely appreciated!
    Heinz
     
  4. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    The ribs would be white cedar, and the "wc" indicates western red cedar.

    Greg
     
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    H. Huester

    H. Huester New Member

    Terrific!
    Thanks again.
    Heinz
     

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