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Old Town (i Think) 127871 16

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Bob Lockwood, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Bob Lockwood

    Bob Lockwood New Member


    I am new to this forum and glad I found it. I rescued a canvas and wood canoe from my mothers barn outside Philadelphia. This was my grandfathers but I have no idea how old it is. I recall from when I was young that it is an Old Town and had a badge on the deck - but that seems to have fallen off in the dirt of the barn. Canvas and all wood seems to be in okay shape although in need of paint, varnish and clean up from some critter chewing on the gunwales. I recall a patch job on peeling canvas on one end back in the late 1970's.

    Any help with confirmation of manufacturer, year and potential value would be most appreciated. I would also like to have this restored and need to find someone to do that in new england - ideally MA, ME, NH or VT.

    I added an album with photos (Canoe 127871 16) but not sure how to connect it to this post.

    Thank you for any help!

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    Bob Lockwood

    Bob Lockwood New Member

  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 127871 is a 16 foot long, AA (or top) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, a floor rack, sponsons, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between June and August, 1939. The original exterior paint was dark red. It shipped on May 17th, 1940 to Bryn Mawr, Penna. A scan showing this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.


    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Canoes with a family connection are always extra special. The information at and the similar canoes shown at should help you estimate the value. One of the restorers listed at will be able to help you. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

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    Bob Lockwood

    Bob Lockwood New Member

    Thank you so much!

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