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OT serial number search 78145

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by floydvoid, May 22, 2020.

  1. floydvoid

    floydvoid Curious about Wooden Canoes


    Is there a record for an old town 78145?

    Looks like an 18 foot HW with sailing hardware, sponsons and half ribs. Decks and inwhales look like mahogany. Really beat up, paint on the inside and fiberglass over everything.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 78145 is an 18 foot long, AA (or top) grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red Western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, half ribs, a keel, outside stems, and sponsons. (The date stamps didn't scan well so I guessed on some of these.) It was built between April and June, 1923. The original exterior paint color was dark green. This shipped on June 9th, 1923 to Rockville, 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 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 donate, 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. The sail rig was not mentioned so that was probably added after it left the factory. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions,



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