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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by David D, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:21 PM.

  1. David D

    David D New Member

    I am looking for any info on a old town canoe that I just purchased off Craig's list. Serial # 19602 18. Any help would be appreciated
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 19602 is an 18 foot long, GS (Guide Special or utility) grade, IF (Indian fishing) model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and keel. It was built between November, 1911 and June, 1912. The original exterior paint color was slate. It shipped on June 17th, 1912 to Altoona, Penna. 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 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 this canoe could have another number or be from a different manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    David D

    David D New Member

    Wow! That's awesome! Thank you so much for your time. Now I just need to start the restoration on it. Was the Slate a popular color? I don't think I have ever seen that before.
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The estimates at indicate that about two percent of the Old Town canoes and boats were painted that way so it was not an exceptionally popular color when compared to dark green. Good luck with the restoration,


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