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OT 4631

Discussion in 'Serial Number Search' started by Gil Cramer, Aug 21, 2021.

  1. Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    For some reason, my OT serial number cd's won't work on this cheap computer. please post build record for 4631, yes it is a four digit OT.
    thanks,
    Gil
     
  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The Old Town canoe with serial number 4631 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade Charles River model with maple decks, maple thwarts, maple seats, closed spruce gunwales, the bow seat dropped, a cane(?) chair, and six spruce paddles (two five feet long, two five feet three inches long, and two five feet six inches long). It was built between April and May, 1906. The original exterior paint color was bright red. It shipped on May 4th, 1906 to Binghamton, New York. The back of the record indicates that there were previous requests for copies of this build record in July, 1973 from Grand Rapids, Michigan and in April, 1974 from Plymouth, Connecticut. Scans showing both sides of this build record can be found below.

    These scans and several hundred thousand others 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 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 renew.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. The build record scans should work on any computer so let me know if you would like my help with this. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions,

    Benson



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    Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    That's it. Thanks Benson. The canoe is in very good condition for its age. It will likely get one backside rib repair, a small amount of planking, end work, and new outwales and caps.
     
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  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    It would be great to see some pictures if you can share any. Are the bow seat drops spirals like the one shown at https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?attachments/29353/ on some of the others from this era? Do the rails extend past the stems? Am I asking too many questions?

    Benson
     
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    Gil Cramer

    Gil Cramer The wooden canoe Shop, Inc.

    Benson,
    The canoe has had some work done on it over the years, but it does not appear as though the rails ever extended beyond the stems. The seat spacers are not spiraled, and appear to be original. The planking is white cedar, 3" wide, and has lots of knot holes behind the ribs. The tacks are canoe tacks. I'll try to get some pics later. There is not a lot of upsweep in the ends.
     
  6. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    I did a double take when I saw the build sheet for Gil's CR. Here's the sheet from the one I recently sold. Mine also did not have spiraled spacers. Except for a fresh canvas in the 60's, mine was completely original.
    4814 build sheet.jpg
     
  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    A lack of upsweep in the ends probably does indicate a modification. See https://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/12320/ for an idea of how it may have looked originally. I agree that the rails probably didn't extend past the stems on since the "Tips" line on the build record is blank. Thanks,

    Benson
     

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