16 FOOT old town dinghy or square end ROWBOAT

billyg

Curious about Wooden Canoes
I just acquired this 16 foot old town #153172-9t rowing dinghy or square ender. Would like to know it's history.
Thanks
 
Old Town 153172 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade square stern model canoe that was completed August-October 1949. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. Wood species for deck, thwarts and seats isn't specified but CS grade would include any hardwood other than mahogany. Original color was a two-tone paint job of dark green with guide special green on the bottom. The canoe was shipped to Russell's Camp in Brookton, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1951. Although the canoe was basically completed in 1949, the shipping date is traditionally considered a canoe's "birthday". A copy of this scan is attached below-- click on it to get larger images.

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 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.

Kathy
 

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The boat in question is a Square Stern Model, not the square stern-end paddleing canoe as shown. Easy to confuse the two models.
 

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Thank you I appreciate it.





Old Town 153172 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade square stern model canoe that was completed August-October 1949. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. Wood species for deck, thwarts and seats isn't specified but CS grade would include any hardwood other than mahogany. Original color was a two-tone paint job of dark green with guide special green on the bottom. The canoe was shipped to Russell's Camp in Brookton, Massachusetts, on May 3, 1951. Although the canoe was basically completed in 1949, the shipping date is traditionally considered a canoe's "birthday". A copy of this scan is attached below-- click on it to get larger images.

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 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.

Kathy
 
Thanks Dylan.Should be an interesting project.Any Idea where I can buy the original style oars?
 
If you go to the builder's directory and swift through it you will notice there are a few folks who sell used canoes and accessories. I bet one of them has a nice pair of original oars.
 
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