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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Richard Laffey, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Richard Laffey

    Richard Laffey New Member

    Looking for info on Old Town square stern sponson canoe no 139337
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town with serial number 139337 is an 18 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, square end paddling model with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, spruce thwarts, spruce seats, a keel, outside stems, sponsons, and a rowing seat. It was built between February and September, 1944. The original exterior paint color was bright red with a G. S. (Guide's Special) green bottom. It shipped on October, 13th, 1944 to Hamilton, Georgia. The back side of this record shows that it was damaged in shipment and came back for repairs on January 3rd, 1945. It was then sold on March 8th, 1945 to a dealer in Bangor, Maine. The second page shows that it was returned for more repairs on March 17th, 1948 from Pittsfield, Maine and left the factory again for Houlton, Maine on April 7th, 1949.

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    Scans showing all of these build records can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below. These scans 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 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.

    Last edited: Jun 26, 2018
  3. OP
    Richard Laffey

    Richard Laffey New Member

    The description matches everything. Thank you! Is Maine cedar red or white. Where would I get red if not local?
  4. mccloud

    mccloud Wooden Canoe Maniac

    Old Town typically used east coast white cedar for rib stock, and old growth red cedar from the west coast for planking. If you need to replace broken ribs, buy white cedar. Some of us re-saw red cedar house siding for planking repair if the job is not too large.

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