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Old Town 44231 18

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Shari Gnolek, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. Shari Gnolek

    Shari Gnolek Have dog, will paddle

    What information is available about this Old Town? Serial Number 44231 18. Thanks!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Shari Gnolek

    Shari Gnolek Have dog, will paddle

    That would be it! Two years later and it is still in the same place, at the same price, though now it has been moved to the 20% off section. :)

    I'm guessing the owner of the canoe was Augustus S. Blagden (1879-1960), son of Thomas Blagden (1853 - 1938) who owned a number of properties on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks that were precursors to the Saranac Inn. Augustus's brother Harry H. Blagden (1888 - 1957) ran a boy's camp in that same area and - interestingly enough - faked his own kidnapping during the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid. All five of Thomas Blagden's sons attended Yale, and Augustus still has a scholarship given each year in his name to a senior who, in spirit and action, has done most to enhance the tradition of rowing at Yale.

    I bet that this canoe has a lot of stories it could tell and is rich in history. The Blagden's were a pretty well-connected family.

    @JClearwater , maybe it's time to make that antique shop owner another offer!

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    Last edited: Oct 28, 2019
  4. monkitoucher

    monkitoucher Canoe Curious

    One of my favorite things to do is see what history you could dig up on these old boats. As long as you could find a name, a town and a time. You can get a lot of random facts. Newspapers of the day printed almost any little fact about the people in the community.
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