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Serial inquiry -OTC 88972 17

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Tania Davies, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. Tania Davies

    Tania Davies New Member

    Hi there - wondering if you would have any information on an Old Town 17” double end canoe with serial number 88972 17.

  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 88972 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, and sponsons. It was built between November, 1925 and August, 1926. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on June 4th, 1927 to Houlton, Maine. 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. 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. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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    Tania Davies

    Tania Davies New Member

    52ADF2E3-589A-483D-834D-477AF0B6B482.jpeg 9103E987-1654-4CED-94D2-EB87921716E2.jpeg 417B50DA-F65E-4561-84B6-B0AFD86A7E24.jpeg 5BF0E047-4119-45DB-9822-39135C2B5B22.jpeg Thanks for the great info.

    From the info you provided it looks like it shipped directly from the factory to the buyer but it also has a tag on it for the Iver Johnson Sporting Goods Co.

    This canoe eventually made its way to Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada.

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