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Old Town serial number search 217668

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Buddy Hopkins, Sep 23, 2021.

  1. Buddy Hopkins

    Buddy Hopkins New Member

    Greetings all. New to this forum and recently purchased a used Old Town canoe and trying to find any history (model, manufacture year, etc.) on my find. Only serial number I see is stamped into the side, 217668. There is evidence on the stern of a former data plate (two rivet holes) but other than the Old Town logo on the sides and bow plate, nothing else. Under the Old Town logo on both port and starboard sides is also a label that says, “This is Oltonar, the multi laminate material of Old Town Canoe Co.”. Color is shade of blue/green and it is 17’ long.


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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 217668 is a 17 foot long Chipewyan model that weighed 76 pounds with aluminum inserts in the rails. It was built in May, 1977. The original exterior color was green. It shipped on May 18th, 1977 to Richmond, Virginia. The back side of the record indicates that there was a black mark on the inside and some hard bumps under the forward and aft decks. Scans showing both sides this build record can be found below.

    These scans 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 the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Happy paddling,




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