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Old Town Sn 76162 17 Or Possibly 76162 15 On Craigslist

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Old_Paddler, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. Old_Paddler

    Old_Paddler Canoe nut

  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 76162 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack, sponsons, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between January and May, 1923. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June 9th, 1923 to New York City. The back side of the card indicates that it had moved to Niantic, Connecticut when there was a previous request for a copy of this build record. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    76162.jpg 76162-b.jpg

    These scans and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. 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 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. Thanks,

  3. OP

    Old_Paddler Canoe nut

    Thank you, that was my guess.
    People say it has fiberglass on it - zero interest on my part.

  4. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Can you shed any light on the end shear line?
    It isn't either the normal high round OT end or the lower guide end.

    And it and doesn't seem to be the very early high sharp pointed ends of 1900 canoes.

    Is this a 4th end shape?

    we live a sheltered existence here in the midwest. :)
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    This canoe has been significantly altered by prior repairs. The outside stems, floor rack, and sponsons are gone. Several ribs and the thwarts look like they have been replaced. My guess is that the ends were probably cut down as a solution to a rot problem there.

  6. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Ok, I can "see" that, I wouldn't do it but....

    And here I was thinking we had a new shape to watch for.


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