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Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Sootch, Aug 29, 2021.

  1. Sootch

    Sootch New Member

    Good morning. Just acquired a project boat…. First effort. I know it’s a 15, serial number is 106323.

    Thank you!!
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 106323 is a 15 foot long, AA (or top) grade, fifty pound model with red Western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, and a keel. It was built between May and July, 1930. The original exterior paint was dark green. It shipped on June 8th, 1931 to Brookfield, Massachusetts. A scan of this build record can be found 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 http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ 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 https://www.woodencanoe.org/about to learn more about the WCHA and https://www.woodencanoe.org/shop to donate or 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. Good luck with the project,

    Benson



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  3. OP
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    Sootch

    Sootch New Member

    Thank you so much. Simply awesome resource!
    Question. She looks like she was set up as a sailing craft… the seat has the round brass inset and the floor boards were cut around a wood piece that looks like it would accept the mast.
    I didn’t see that on the build sheet…. Retro fit?
    Also, are the 50# 15’s a bit less common? Seems like I don’t see many.
     
  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It was not unusual for a sail rig to be added after a canoe left the factory. The estimates at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/models.html indicate that about 6999 fifteen foot long fifty pound models were made between 1911 and 1966 which is an average of 125 per year. This is "a bit less common" than several of their other models. It is still available today as shown at https://www.islandfallscanoe.com/old-town-canoes.aspx from the Island Falls Canoe Company. Let me know if this doesn't answer your question.

    Benson
     
  5. OP
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    Sootch

    Sootch New Member

    Perfect. Thanks again.
     

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