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Old Town Serial Number

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by dgmorris1918, May 25, 2010.

  1. dgmorris1918

    dgmorris1918 New Member

    I enherited what I beleive to be is an Old Town canoe. The serial number is difficult to read but it appears to be 10037 16. Does anyone have any information that could shed light on the type of canoe? Thanks
    Last edited: May 25, 2010
  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Old Town 10037 is a 16 foot CS (common sense, or middle) grade Charles River model canoe that was finished November of 1908 to February of 1909. It has closed spruce gunwales and spruce decks, thwarts, and seat frames, and was fitted with a keel. Original color was dark green. It was shipped to Old Forge, NY, on February 16, 1909.

    The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. This scan and several hundred thousand others 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 and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Post pictures if you are unsure. Other builders used the same serial number format as Old Town. Your canoe should have the traditional Old Town short deck, closed gunwales, the wood trim species should be spruce-- as specified on the build record-- and the original destination should seem reasonable... although canoes can be rebuilt over a hundred years and sent to live just about anywhere! Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Sounds like an interesting canoe.


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  3. OP

    dgmorris1918 New Member

    Kathyrn, thanks for the information! It is very helpful and appreciated. All the best.

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