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Old Town serial number 180709 16

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Kevin M, May 26, 2020.

  1. Kevin M

    Kevin M New Member

    Hi, I just bought this 15-foot Old Town and would love to know more about it if possible - Serial 180709 16.

    Thanks very much!
    Kevin M
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 180709 is a 16 foot long Guide model with a keel. It was built between May and June, 1968. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on September 9th, 1968 to East Hartford, Connecticut. 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 http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/about-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to 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.

    Benson



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    Kevin M

    Kevin M New Member

    Thanks very much Benson, I really appreciate your quick reply! I thought it was a 15-foot because I measured it and it's exactly 15 feet from tip to tip, but that serial number is correct and I guess the '16' after the SN means it's a 16'. Funny that they would make a 16' model that's actually 15' long.
    Thanks again,
    Kevin
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Yes, the two digits after the serial number are usually the extreme overall length in feet when measured in a straight line. I suspect that you will find that the curve of the stems on each end extend about six more inches past the tips. This can be more difficult to measure without two people and plumb lines. Have fun with the canoe,

    Benson
     

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