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Old Town 190081C

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by B M Breen, Jul 23, 2021.

  1. B M Breen

    B M Breen New Member

    We can't find the serial number on the canoe, but the title for the boat (thank you State of Pennsylvania) lists the ID number as 190081c and manufacture date 1972. That date jives with stories told by the original owner.

    Fiberglass, 16 ft, blue, plastic seats, weighs a million pounds.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 190081 is an 16 foot long fiberglass Carleton model with a keel that weighed 80 pounds at the factory. It was built between May and June, 1972. The original exterior gelcoat color was blue. It shipped on June 2nd, 1972 to Malvern, Pennsylvania. A scan showing this build record can be found below.

    This scan 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 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 donate or join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. See for a similar canoe. The serial number will be in the hull just below the deck near the end as shown at for example. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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    B M Breen

    B M Breen New Member

    Thank you. I guess 80lbs feels like a million pounds after a day on the water when I have to help get it from the ground to the top of the subaru!

    In daylight the stamped serial number appeared as if by magic.

    This canoe was my uncle's and he gave it to me 20 years ago. The thing is indestructable.

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