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Old Town Guide?

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by chris pearson, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    serial number 18501
    Thanks in advance!!!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town with serial number 18501 is an 18 foot long, GS (Guide's Special or utility) grade, IF (Indian Fishing) or Guide's model canoe with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, birch decks, ash thwarts, and ash seats, a middle thwart, and a floor rack. It was built between July and August, 1911. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on August 5th, 1911 to Lowell, 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 as you probably know well. 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 renew.

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


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