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Old Town build sheet request please

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by GMarchigiani, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. GMarchigiani

    GMarchigiani Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Just picked up an OT and would love to know the history. Number is 298247. Thank you for you time! Geoffrey
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, it is my sad duty to report that the scanned Old Town records stop just over 250,000 in 1984 so no one here can provide more detailed information for this canoe with serial number 298247. There should be a hull identification number on the starboard stern ends with an encoded date. The information at http://www.usps.org/national/safety/HIN/HIN.pdf may help you interpret this information. Sorry,

    Benson
     
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    GMarchigiani

    GMarchigiani Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hi Benson, thank you for the help. My friend Dave Osborn pointed out that it probably is 29824 17. I believed the 7 was the last digit not understanding that it probably is 17 as in 17’. Hoping this makes a difference. Thanks!
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 29824 is a 17 foot long, AA grade, Charles River model with red Western cedar planking, mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, and a floor rack. This may also have closed double mahogany gunwales but the notation is not clear. See http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/3823/ for more information about these. This also shipped with a slat back rest and two number one grade spruce paddles. One was five feet nine inches tall and the other was five feet. It was built between December, 1913 and March, 1914. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind 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. 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 join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer this description doesn't match the canoe. Feel free to reply if you have any other questions.

    Benson
     
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    GMarchigiani

    GMarchigiani Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Benson, I appreciate your time. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I have wanted an AA grade and now have it.
     

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