16FT Old Town Canoe # 157299


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Hello, I was in my Father in law's barn this week end and saw he had a 16ft old town canoe with a decal of a Mohawk warrior on the front I would like to know how old this canoe is and who was original owner. The canoe is in great shape. Please send the build record for this canoe.

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The Old Town canoe with serial number 157299 is a 16 foot long, CS grade, Yankee model with a keel. It was built between March and June, 1952. The original exterior paint color was bright green. It shipped on June 23rd, 1953 to Pompton Plais (Plains?), New Jersey. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan was 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 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.html to join.

The first owner was the Livingston Sport Center but this was probably a dealer who resold it to one of their customers. The Mohawk warrior decal was not mentioned on the build record so this was probably added after if left the factory.

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.



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Thank you Benson

Benson, this sounds like the canoe he was given thsi canoe from his Aunt and they lived in Highland Lakes NJ. Which is not far from Pomton Plains.