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Serial Number search OT 54557

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by floydvoid, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. floydvoid

    floydvoid Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Hello, looking for a build record for OT 54557

    Looks like a 17 foot HW - but old- no diamond head bolts, wide thwarts, but, no sign of closed gunwales, so maybe it has a different design than HW?

    Will there be the build record software back in the WCHA to purchase? It's been out of stock.


  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Good guess, the Old Town canoe with serial number 54557 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Charles River model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, and a keel. It was built between May and July, 1919. The original exterior paint color was light green. It shipped on July 12th, 1919 to Saginaw, Michigan. 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 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 donate or join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. This was made a few years before diamond headed bolts were introduced. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck,


    Last edited: Jul 24, 2021
  3. OP

    floydvoid Enthusiastic about Wooden Canoes

    Benson, Thank you again.
    Is that a CR for the model name, as in Charles River, not HW?

    Were they the same form just different names at this time?

  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Oops, I have corrected the error. Sorry about that,


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