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Old town canoe Serial # 130777 17 ft

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by DULANY SRINER, Jul 31, 2020.


    DULANY SRINER New Member

    I have had this canoe since the 60's. I fiber glassed it soon after I got it. At the time I was young and just wanted to get it in the water. It served me well and even with the fiberglass, I was able to carry it by myself. As kids and power boats came into my life, I used it less and less. It has been hanging in my garage for 40 years. My kids are all grown and my wife has passed on and although I am old enough to appreciate it now, it is too heavy for this old body to carry around. I might restore it or sell it to someone who would put it back in the water. Now, I would like to know it's history. It was built for a sail but I never had those parts. Any information anyone has about it would be appreciated.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town with serial number 130777 is a 17 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, a keel, and sponsons. It was built between October, 1940 and March, 1941. The original exterior paint color was light Yale blue. It shipped on March, 19th, 1941 to Von Lengerke & Antoinne in Chicago, Illinois. A scan showing this build record can be found 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 donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. A sail rig is not mentioned on the build record so that may have been added after it left the factory. A good trailer can often be the solution to issues with a heavy canoe. The information at may help if you decide to sell it. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with your decision,


  3. OP

    DULANY SRINER New Member

    Thanks for the prompt reply. Here are a couple pictures including the mast insertion block. Everything seems to fit except the lack of the sail feature. I remember vaguely that there was something on the stern that looked like an anchor point for a rudder. Chicago fits as the delivery address because I believe it was purchased second hand from that area. Perhaps I will just clean it up and paint it the original blue.

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  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Sailing rigs could be added after the boat was shipped, so the fact that it's missing from the build sheet isn't unusual.

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