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Build sheet please

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by woodcanoenut, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    53507 17’ Old Town
    Thank you!
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 53507 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Otca model with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, twenty inch birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, a keel, a mast seat, a mast step, and two number one spruce paddles with eight inch blades and copper tips that were five feet six inches long. It was built between March and May, 1919. The original exterior paint color was palm green with a white stripe and Greek ends. This may have looked similar to the one shown at but with different colors. It shipped on May 21st, 1919 to South Bend, Indiana. A scan of this build record can be found below.

    This scan and several hundred thousand others 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 join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to donate or join.

    It is possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Please attach some pictures if the original paint design is still showing. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


    Last edited: Apr 28, 2021
  3. OP

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    Thank you . Painted blue with white stripe and Greek ends

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