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trying to date my canoe and find out gunnel material

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by dwakefield, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. dwakefield

    dwakefield New Member

    I've just started working on a 15' oldtown canoe #119673. I'd love to know when it was built and the secret to it's suprising lightness. Plus, do you know what wood the gunnels are made of?
  2. Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035

    Ot #119673


    Thanks for contacting the WCHA...the canoe you inquire about was shipped on 6/14/1937 to Ashland, NH., as a 50# model in CS (common sense) grade. This accounts for the light weight as compared to the standard 70+ pound models. Further, it was built with spruce gunwales and oak seats, thwarts and decks. A keel was added and the original color was dark green. The build record is attached.

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    Ric Altfather

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  3. Ric Altfather

    Ric Altfather WCHA #4035


    The 50# model (advertised as 55#) was lighter due to 1/4" ribs and 1/8" planking, in each case shaving 1/16" of material off versus standard models. OT also used #10 canvas to save on a little weight.

    Hope this helps,

  4. OP

    dwakefield New Member

    model #50 oldtown

    Thanks a million. I may try to build one of these after I restore mine.
    David Wakefield

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