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Serial Number Search Request

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Barry Christenson, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Barry Christenson

    Barry Christenson Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Looking for the build record for what appears to be an Old Town Yankee. Serial number 96651 16.

    Thanks. Barry Christenson
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 96651 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Yankee model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and a keel. It was built between December, 1927 and April, 1928. The original exterior paint color was dark red. It shipped on April 26th, 1928 to Eveleth, Minnesota. 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 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 join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

    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.

  3. OP
    Barry Christenson

    Barry Christenson Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Benson. On another topic, can you recommend a good source for Old Town sailing components? Actually, guess I'm looking mostly for a sail for my 1929 HW 18'.

    Thanks again Benson.
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The best source for Old Town sailing components will depend on exactly which one(s) you need. Cannibalizing parts from other similar sailing canoes is usually your best option. The Old Town Canoe Company does not currently sell sails. Your first decision will be if you want to go with an original cotton sail or a more modern Dacron one. It probably had an Egyptian cotton sail when it shipped. This material can be hard to find now so many people just use top quality bed sheets with a high thread count instead. Modern sails are made out of Dacron and a wide variety of colors are available including some that look very much like the original cotton sails.

    The list at includes a few sail makers if you want to buy one. Frankly, ordinary canoe sails are not particularly complex so any good sail maker in your area will probably be fine, especially if you give them an old sail to use as a pattern.

    Let me know if this doesn't answer your question or if there is anything else that I can do to help. Good luck,

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
  5. Old_Paddler

    Old_Paddler Canoe nut

    I have a set of spars that I was told came off a big Old Town canoe - but to some people all canoes are Old Town, so it's hearsay.
    The sail is shot but will make a good template for making a new one.
  6. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    Barry Christenson

    Barry Christenson Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Benson and Old_Paddler - thanks for your help. Since I have the spars I will contact Geoffrey Burke at Chocurua Boatworks and inquire about a sail. Looks like I need to pay more attention to all the fine features already included in the WCHA Forum and website. Thanks again.
  8. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

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