18' Old Town Canoe S/N 81257


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A canoe that belonged to my grandfather has been given to me. It was in the possession of another family member who 30 years ago started to take it apart for a restoration but never went any further. If you can give me any idea of its age or when it was built I would greatly appreciate it. I am planning to find someone to restore it for me. Thank you in advance for your reply.
Great that you have this nice old family canoe to restore and provide fun to further generations of the family!

Old Town 81257 is an 18 foot CS grade ("Common Sense") Otca model built between November 1923 and March 1925. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales and birch decks, seat frames, and thwarts. It was fitted with a keel and floor rack and painted dark green-- I believe-- the guy has nice handwriting but sometimes the shorthand for dk or lt looks similar. The Otca was shipped to C.S. Richardson in Patten, Maine on April 25, 1925. Is that your grandpa? If this doesn't seem to be your canoe, we can search again.

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