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Old Town 17’ Canoe Serial# 143552

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Jason Catalano, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Jason Catalano

    Jason Catalano New Member

    A friend of mine was left an Old Town canoe by his father. We use to row around the lake when we where kids. Any info would be greatly appreciated. It’s in good condition other than the canvas starting to separate from the top.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 143552 is a 17 foot long, AA (or top) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between December, 1945 and February, 1946. The original exterior paint color was bright red. It shipped on April 4th, 1946 to Gardner, Mass. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.


    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 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 the canoe. Canoes with an old family connection are always extra special. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

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    Jason Catalano

    Jason Catalano New Member

    Thank you very much for the info. It is great to know the original color was red. It was re canvased green some time ago.

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