Looking for information on a beautiful Old Town

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  1. Woodpile

    Woodpile Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Came across a beautiful Old Town in very nice condition, guessing it was high grade model from the mahogany outer gunwales.
    S/N 170214-16, thank you in advance.
     
  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 170214 is a 16-foot long Otca model equipped with a keel. It was built in June and July 1960. The exterior was originally painted orange. It was shipped on July 15, 1960 to West Hartford, Connecticut. Around 1957, Old Town began to build only one grade of canoe, which usually had mahogany gunwales, with spruce for the remaining “trim” wood and western red cedar planking -- none of which was usually indicated on build records. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

    170214-00791A.jpg

    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 http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/about-the-wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://store.wcha.org/WCHA-New-Membership.html to join.

    It is also 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.

    Greg
     
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    Woodpile

    Woodpile Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thank you Greg, just passed through Dover Foxcroft yesterday on the way back from a week's fishing on the Moose River in Rockland, excellent fishing, highlight was talking to a guy fishing in a beautifully restored 1945 Old Town boat, green hull and a forward deck.
     
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