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Old Town 18930-16

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Steve Lapey, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. Steve Lapey

    Steve Lapey LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Could we get the build record for Old Town serial number 18930-16? Thanks!
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 18930 is a 16 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Charles River model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, half ribs, mahogany outside finish rails, a keel, and outside stems. It was built between October, 1911 and April, 1912 The original exterior paint was dark red. It first shipped on April, 19th, 1912 to Quebec but was returned on September 1st, 1913. It was reshipped to another location on September 9th, 1913 as noted on the back of the card but that was not scanned. A scan of the front side of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

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    This scan 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 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 renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. See http://wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/9982/ if you are curious about the Kennebec canoe with this serial number. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     
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    Steve Lapey

    Steve Lapey LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thank you, Benson. This is going to be the new Norumbega Chapter project canoe!

    Steve
     
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    Steve Lapey

    Steve Lapey LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Interesting that the build record indicates "outside stems". The canoe does not have them and there is no indication that there were ever any. The outer edges of the stems are quite narrow, just wide enough for the brass stem band and there are no screw holes where an outside stem would have been attached. The keel is missing so I can't determine anything from that. Is it possible that the date stamp at the OS stem line was just put there inadvertently? Everything else matches up.
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    All record systems have errors so this must be one. It isn't likely to be the Carleton with number 18930 since it is 18 feet long. Good luck with the project!

    Benson
     

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