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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Dan Lindberg, Nov 14, 2004.
I suspect it's a OT Guide CS 18'. No half ribs. Poor condition.
I suspect that at least one of the digits in this serial number may not be correct since the Old Town Canoe with serial number 128201 is a 16 foot long HW model that shipped to Florida. Let me know which digits are the least clear and I will post the correct build record. My guess is that you may have the Old Town canoe with serial number 128211 which is an 18 foot, GS grade, Guide's model with open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash trim, and a keel. It was built between November, 1939 and February, 1940. The original exterior paint color was G. S. (Guide's Special) green. It shipped on April 23rd, 1940 to Duluth, Minnesota. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the thumbnail image attached below.
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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.
You're right, it can't be 128201, and your description matches it pretty good.
The most unsure digit is the zero, but it is clearly a circle on the stem, but about 1/2 size and centered on the stem.
I'll take another look tonight and try some stripper to get a better (hopefully) look at the numbers.
I revise my guess to 128291 if the fifth digit is the least clear. The description of this canoe is very similar to 128211 as shown below.
You're quick Benson,
These canoes are twins, same order, started just a week apart, both varnished by the same person on the same day, shipped the same day.
I think you were correct with the 128291, but, just to be sure, could you do a quick check of 128281. After looking, I believe the only 2 numbers the 5th digit can be is either 8 or 9.
The Old Town Canoe with serial number 128281 is a 16 foot long HW model that shipped to Massachusetts. There are about ten canoes in the 1282xx range which are very similar to yours.
128291 is it.
Now what to do with it.
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