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Two Old Towns

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by bsterling1745, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. bsterling1745

    bsterling1745 Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Good morning! Please send information on two Old Towns - 117070 and 20246.
    Thank you.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The build records for the Old Town canoe with number 117070 are shown at from a previous request. The one with serial number 20246 is an 18 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Charles River model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, half ribs, mahogany outside finish rails, and a keel. It was built between January and March, 1912 The original exterior paint was dark red with a name painted on the right bow and left stern. It shipped on March, 20th, 1912 to Minnesota. The back side of the record indicates that it may have moved to St. Paul by July of 1980 when there was a previous request for a copy of this information. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below.

    20246.jpg 20246-b.jpg

    These scans 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 renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2019

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