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Serial number inquiry

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Dan Botham, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. Dan Botham

    Dan Botham New Member

    I'm wondering if anyone has any information on this canoe I found in my relative's cottage in Huntsville, Ontario. It's a wood and canvas Old Town Canoe with serial number 20660 and I believe that was followed by a 16. Any help is appreciated!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 20660 is a 16 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, Charles River model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, birch decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and spruce outside finish rails. It was built between January and March, 1912. The original exterior paint color was dark red. It was shipped on March 27th, 1912 to Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. 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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    Dan Botham

    Dan Botham New Member

    Hi Benson. Thanks for that quick reply. This canoe seems to have had a long journey all over this province. The canoe is currently stripped of it's canvas and there is a hand written note on the side that reads "This canoe (Charles River) originally made by the old Town Canoe Co in 1912 was lovingly restored by Roger Foster (Carlisle Canoe Co.) & Gail Clifford between Autumn 1997 through to spring 1999. Originally owned by Dodi Perriment & her husband who enjoyed their honeymoon and many subsequent wilderness trips in the Thunder Bay region".

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