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Old Town Record Request

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by DanF, Oct 18, 2021.

  1. DanF

    DanF New Member


    I’ve acquired an old town in desperate need of restoration. It will be a great winter project with sights set on summer voyage.

    SN is 134312 - 17

    Many thanks in advance 6F2A905A-F7B0-4041-B5BE-6C2A05C85F36.jpeg 811F79A4-8D4C-4529-89E6-065E2019D00E.jpeg
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 134312 is a 17 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, and sponsons. It was built between December, 1941 and May, 1942. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June 3rd, 1942 to Long Island City, New York. A scan of 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 donate or join.

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


  3. OP

    DanF New Member

    Amazing! Thank you so much.

    Are similar records available for Chestnut wooden canoes?
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    No, there are no known records like this for Chestnut canoes. See for some speculations about the Chestnut serial numbers.


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