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Canoe identification needed!

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Burlgirl78, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Burlgirl78

    Burlgirl78 New Member

    Hi all, just picked up this canoe, can anyone help with identifying it - manufacturer and model. The serial number (pictured) looks like 15 013 065.


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  2. Larry Meyer

    Larry Meyer Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    What? Nobody’s jumped in here? There are clues from the pix, but nothing definitive. Looks like some competent care and repairs have been exercised. Deck and outwales look possibly new. One seat is a new store bought and one roughly repaired. Usual suspects are Old Town and Chestnut. Serial numbers on Chestnuts are meaningless. Benson has not chimed in to identify the serial number as an OT one. The “15” in yours does correspond with length. Both OT and Chestnut made a 15 foot model called a “Trapper.” The green shade corresponds with a green paint often found on OTs, not so often on Chestnuts.
  3. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    It was made in Canada- wide and thin cant ribs; square drive screws; narrow ribs; double bolted thwart. Somebody who has seen a lot of Canadian canoes will likely ID it.
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It clearly isn't an Old Town and I agree with Larry and Gil that it looks Canadian. I just don't know enough about canoes from Canada to offer anything more than a wild guess that it might be a Chestnut. Sorry,

  5. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    15' is likely a chum or minetta, too narrow for a bobs.
    thin ribs are post 1939 iirc. seats are replacements with pre woven caning, originals would have been hand caned. ash outer rails have been put back on, likely when recanvassed. offset steel carriage bolts point to that wonderful craftsmanship (sarcasm) of the 50s and 60s.

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