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Old Town Serial Number 173928 18

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Frank Fritts, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Frank Fritts

    Frank Fritts New Member

    I am looking for information on the above canoe. Any ideas?
  2. OP
    Frank Fritts

    Frank Fritts New Member

    I also have a 20' EM White that I would like to find information on but I cannot find any serial number. Any ideas?
  3. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 173925 is an 18 foot long Otca model with half ribs, a keel, narrow two and 3/4 inch planking, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between May and June, 1964. The original exterior paint color was red. It shipped on June 26th, 1964 to Casco, Maine. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached 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 possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Older White canoes didn't have serial numbers. The usual features to check are the shape of the rear seat and if the bottom of the name plate says "Water St." or "Inc." The steam bent (D shaped) rear seat was last shown in the 1923 White catalog and the first "Inc." appeared after Edwin retired in the 1940s. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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