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Oldtown? Serial Number 25287

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Canoe Shelburne, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Canoe Shelburne

    Canoe Shelburne Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have what I think to be an Oldtown canoe with the serial number 25287.

  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 25287 is a 17 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Charles River model with red Western cedar planking, double mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. It was built between January and April, 1913. The original exterior paint color was royal purple. It shipped on May 6th, 1913 to Canton, Ohio. 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 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 boat. This style of gunwale is very distinctive so see if they look like the ones shown at and at on a canoe with long decks. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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