20' Old Town Guide Info #20 125141


Curious about Wooden Canoes
I'm in the process of restoring a 20 ft. Old Town guide with serial # 20 125141 and would appreciate any info on when it was originally built.

Hi Eric--

Old Town 125141 is a 20 foot Guide model canoe built between June 1938 and April 1939-- but it wasn't shipped until two years later, on April 26, 1941. It has white Maine cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, and ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames (don't let the mis-label on the build record fool you-- there's no such thing as "open spruce" decks! The stamp just hit the wrong place...). The canoe has a keel and was painted guide special green. It was originally shipped to Cedar Knolls, via Morristown, New Jersey.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. 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 renew.

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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Thanks for your quick response. Is there any color reference chart to give me an idea what "guide special green" looks like? There's Pine and Kelly green available in Pettit; or, can I just start with a Kelly green and add some additional colors to make it "special" ;>)
20' Old Town Guide Info #20 125141 - Original Color


Benson's reply is very helpful; and I already came to that conclusion. It was more a factor of curiosity to know what color green was a "guide special green".

Love the site; will post pictures of the OT guide as it progresses.