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Old Town Id

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by DYD, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. DYD

    DYD New Member

    I have an old town wood canvas that my Dad restored several years ago. I will probably be putting it in the classifieds but would like a little more info first.
    The serial number is 73033 16 can someone find this in the data base? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 73033 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Otca model with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between July, 1922 and January, 1923. The original exterior paint color was orange with a 5/8 inch black stripe and Greek ends. This may have looked similar to the one shown at but with different colors. It shipped on February 5th, 1923 to Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will 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 likely that you have another number or manufacturer since this description doesn't match the 16 foot length listed after the serial of your canoe. The Old Town with serial number 73038 is a 16 foot canoe as shown below for example.


    Can you post some pictures of the serial numbers from each end of your canoe (or indicate which digit is the least clear) and confirm the overall extreme length in a straight line? The suggestions at may help you determine the correct serial number and the information at may help you sell it. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

  3. OP

    DYD New Member

    Sorry for typo serial number is 76 033 16. See picture. IMG_1581.JPG Serial_Num.JPG

    Dennis Serial_Num.JPG
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 76033 is a 16 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Ideal model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, half ribs, and a keel. It was built between January and June, 1923. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It was shipped on July 9th, 1923 to Sugar Hill, Hampshire. It was returned for repairs on October 22nd, 1963 from Lisbon, New Hampshire but was taken back on December 10th, 1963 without any work being done as noted on the back side of the card. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below. Good luck with the sale,


    76033.jpg 76033-b.jpg

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