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Old Town

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by David Satter, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. David Satter

    David Satter LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Ok . I thought it was 79798 16 . but that's a square stern. So I'm getting 79792 and I think the 2 is upside down. I checked the other end though it's even harder to read and the 2 witch I think it is, is totally upside down from this end. I'll try and put a photo up. Help please. Dave IMG_3584.JPG IMG_3585.JPG IMG_3589.JPG
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 79792 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Yankee model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, and a keel. It was built between August, 1923 and May, 1924. The original exterior paint color was bright red. It shipped on May 27th, 1924 to Lakewood, Penna. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.


    This scan 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 renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. The serial numbers were stamped one digit at a time by hand so it is not unusual for some to be upside down occasionally. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

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    David Satter

    David Satter LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Benson, I thought it was an early Yankee. I'm 99% sure that's it. I don't think either of those 9s could be a 0. Far as I know the zeros were much taller rather than rounded. ?
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Some other serial numbers from that era are attached below if that helps.


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