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Old Town 13435

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by SJenkins, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. SJenkins

    SJenkins New Member

    I have acquired my grandfather's 17' canoe with the above serial number. I would like information on the build.

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 13435 is a 17 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, spruce outside finish rails, and a keel. It was built between January and March, 1910. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on March 21st, 1910 to Washington, D. C. A scan showing this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image 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 join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match well. The 1918 Carleton and 1919 Kennebec canoes with this serial number are also 17 feet long for example. Old canoes with a family connection are always extra special. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.

    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019
  3. OP

    SJenkins New Member

    Thanks so much for the information. Family history was that the canoe was an Old Town, and the description may very well match but I am not sure how or when my grandfather acquired it in rural upstate New York. It has a metal ring in the bow. I don't know if that helps identify. I have attached a picture. And yes, the family connection is so special. I just picked up the canoe from a cousin who has had it for many years. I have also attached a picture of me in the canoe in approximately 1966 or 67 on a family camping trip.

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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The painter ring on the bow is not a common Old Town style so that was probably added after it left the factory. The shape of the deck is typical for an Old Town. Carleton and Kennebec canoes usually had heart shaped decks. The page at shows some examples. It is often a mystery how some canoes move around so much during a century. Have fun,

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