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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Shari Gnolek, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Shari Gnolek

    Shari Gnolek Have dog, will paddle

    122012 18
    I will be a Carleton.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 122012 was shipped as a Carleton. This is an 18 foot long, G. S. (Guide’s Special or utility) grade, Guide model with open spruce gunwales, a keel, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between June and September, 1937. The original exterior paint color was G. S. (Guide’s Special) gray. It shipped on September 21st, 1937 to Colmar, Pennsylvania. A scan of this build record and a picture of the serial number can be found by following the links behind the thumbnail images attached below.

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    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 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. Thanks,

  3. Brly

    Brly Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I purchased this canoe today. It's been well kept. No broken ribs or planks that I can see with the canvas still on. Inwales, decks, stems, thwarts and seat frames are solid. Outwales will be replaced when new canvas is stretched, but they arent that bad really. It was hung under a cottage for a long time, high and dry. Should be very straight forward getting it back on the water. Gave the inside a quick scrub when I got it home.
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  4. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Amazing what a good scrub can do. Looks like a very good find.
  5. Brly

    Brly Curious about Wooden Canoes

    It's very tempting to start working on it right away, but it'll have to wait until the Otca is finished up.
    Had a good chat with the owner. It was his Father's canoe. He remembered paddling it as a child and teenager on local ponds/lakes and the Delaware River. He had it on the water 8 or 9 years ago and said it was water tight at that point.
    We figured out from the build sheet that his Dad didn't buy it new, but likely it was bought from a family friend who purchased it originally. Talked to him for almost an hour and half and he and his wife helped me load it. He was happy to know it would be put back on the water and used.

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