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OT Square stern 75931

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by floydvoid, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. floydvoid

    floydvoid Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello,

    I may look at a boat listed with this serial: 75931 15

    It looks like a square stern with a mast thwart - I don't know much else

    Any records for it?

    Thanks!

    And I am a member once again!
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome back, the Old Town with serial number 75931 is a 17 foot long HW model with two pointed ends that shipped to Philadelphia in 1923 so that doesn't seem like a good match. My guess is that you probably have the one with number 175931. This is a 15 foot long square stern end model with a rowing seat, half ribs, outside stems, and sponsons. It was built between March and August, 1966. The original exterior paint color appears to be Dupont which doesn't seem to make much sense. It shipped on June, 6th, 1967 to West Rockport, Maine. Scans showing both of these build records can be found below.

    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 http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/about-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your boat. The sail rig is not mentioned so that may have been added after it left the factory. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Benson



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    floydvoid

    floydvoid Curious about Wooden Canoes

    The 1966 appears to match for sure. No sponsons in the ad's pictures, but I'll have to get a closer look for the mounting.

    Thanks!
     
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    floydvoid

    floydvoid Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It has sponson holes! Looks like it's the right one.
    It has 2 3/4" planks, not sure if this was standard on these boats at this time period.

    No oar locks - it has one seat in the back, and two up front very close to each other on either side of the front thwart, maybe rowing seat means a seat in the row position not necessarily with oar locks?
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Oarlocks were listed in the 1967 catalog as standard for this model so they were probably mounted on the sponsons. Narrow planking was common during this era. See https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/17161/ for an example of a build record with this noted on the bottom. Let me know if this doesn't answer your questions. Thanks,

    Benson
     

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