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Found an odd one. Serial# 167661 11

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by James orr, Jun 21, 2021.

  1. James orr

    James orr New Member

    I believe that it is an old town 11ft, just had never heard of one that small. What can you tell me about it?
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 167661 is an 11 foot long fifty pound model with a keel. It was built between May and July, 1958. The original exterior paint color was bright red. It shipped on May 24th, 1960 to Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. A scan showing 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/catalogs/old-town/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 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.

    Benson



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    James orr

    James orr New Member

    That is to cool, bet there's not many of these left out there. Going to make a great solo canoe for the rivers and springs. Thank you so much for the info.
     
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    James orr

    James orr New Member

    Why would the completed part be left blank? Does anyone know?
     
  5. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The page at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/models.html indicates that there were an estimated total of 991 of these produced between 1927 and 1967 which works out to an average of about 24 per year. This form still exists at the Island Falls Canoe company. The bottom of the page at https://www.islandfallscanoe.com/old-town-canoes.aspx indicates that you can order a new one today although the model name has been changed to the Trapper. The estimates at https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/13053/ indicate that wooden canoes have a survival rate of about two percent so there are probably still a few "of these left out there." My wife has one she calls the "Cutie."

    The notations recorded on these build records were made by hand so mistakes are not unusual. I suspect that someone simply neglected to record the completed date on this one. It appears that the varnishing dates weren't reported either. Let me know if this doesn't answer your questions,

    Benson
     
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    James orr

    James orr New Member

    No, you know your canoes.
    Now I got to decide if I am going to let the wife turn it into a flowerbed, which is what she bought it for or save the little guy. I know it sure does look tiny next to my Lowe line 19ft. Lol. And to think I thought she might have found a treasure for once, bubble bursting
     
  7. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    I have restored several of these little 11 foot old towns in the last 10 years or so. They’re sweet little canoes. I personally would be heartbroken to see one turned into a flower bed.
     
  8. JClearwater

    JClearwater Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    James, please post a few photos and members will chime in on their opinion of the condition. Like Michael said it would be a shame if it was turned into a flower bed if it can be restored to use.
     

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