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Wanting History Info On Old Canoe

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Jacobnick3, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Jacobnick3

    Jacobnick3 New Member

    I was given an old canoe and I would like to know more about it's history. I was told it was circa 1917. The serial number is 53560 followed by the length of 17. 15298530824171283354986.jpg
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 53560 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Otca model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, thirty inch maple decks, maple thwarts, maple seats, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between March and April, 1919. The original exterior paint color was vermillion. It shipped on June 8th, 1919 to Portland, Oregon. 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 others 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 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

    Jacobnick3 New Member

    Thank you so much. I was thinking about restoring and\or donating to a museum of sorts. Any suggestions?
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    This could be an interesting restoration project. The list of restorers and suppliers at may help. Most museums need money more than things so pick your recipient carefully. The information at might be useful if you want to determine a value for your project or donation. Good luck,


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