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Serial Number 119103 Followed By 16. Old Town 16? Built When.

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Troppo2929, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. Troppo2929

    Troppo2929 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I,m trying to get the build date of this canoe nailed down.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 119103 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Yankee model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, oak decks, oak thwarts, oak seats, and a keel. It was built between September, 1936 and January, 1937. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on April 30th, 1937 to Duluth Minn. 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 others 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 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 your friend could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match their canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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