15' closed gunwale id


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A friend has this old bonfire candidate that she is attached to and I confess I hesitated with getting the gas and lighter as we don't get many closed gunwale boats up here in Ottawa and I was wondering what it is.
My guess is an older OT 50 lb but I'm hoping one of you folks knowledgeable in those Maine canoes could check the pics and check the number -pretty sure it reads 36683 15 and is on both stems- and let me know your thoughts.


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Bravo Walt,
dont burn those closed gunwale boats! quite rare up here. sure looks like an OT, someone will jump in with serial number details.
The Old Town canoe with serial number 36685 is a 15 foot long, CS grade, fifty pound model with red Western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch trim, and a keel. It was built between February and April, 1915. The original exterior paint color may have been bright red but it left the factory with a slate color. It shipped on April 23rd, 1915 to Ontario. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan and several hundred thousand others 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 join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to join.

It is also possible that they 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. It doesn't look much worse than the one at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=3968 did when I first got it. Good luck with the restoration,



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Halloween is coming...can't think of a better time for a bonfire or a viking burial...
But really, almost every rib is broken, all of the planking is a mess cuz of the glass...I guess you could save the seats but that's about it. But, it's not my call cuz it's not my boat!
Interesting that it went to Ahmic Lake on the Mag...I love that river.


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Wow, thats funny - never read the build card; Ahmic Harbor is not far - Burks falls is only about an hour away. Dont see many Ontario destinations on those build record requests. Stand back from the fire, the burning 'glass will be funky.
Forgive my bad manners but many (belated) thanks to Benson for the info. That's the boat; you're the best!