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Old Town 16ft Canvas on Wood

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by BrockMontana, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. BrockMontana

    BrockMontana Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Serial number 95587. (I think) It was my mom’s canoe when she was younger and I’m not sure how much younger, but I’d guess 60s or 70s. It’s in rough shape and is going to need quite a lot of work...

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 95587 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, Otca model with open oak gunwales, oak decks, oak thwarts, oak seats, half ribs, a keel, outside stems, and bilge keels. It was built between October, 1927 and March, 1928. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on March 19th, 1928 to Ann Arbor, Michigan. 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 as you probably know well. 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 your canoe. Canoes with a family connection are always extra special. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with the restoration,


  3. OP

    BrockMontana Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Wow thanks so much Benson! I guess I was quite a bit off in terms of age. All of the details you mentioned are there. I don’t think it’s ever been worked on or reconditioned, and I’m nearly positive it’s still got the original canvas.

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