41480 16

Dave Wermuth

Who hid my paddle?
41480 16 The one mentioned in an earlier post from awhile back. It really is 16' fer sure. Thanks!!!


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Hey, now that's a really nice old canoe there!

Old Town 41480 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade CR (Charles River) model canoe. It was completed January--March 1916 and has open spruce gunwales, birch decks, thwarts, and seat frames, a regular-type keel and two bilge keels and outside stems. Originally, it was painted bright red/maybe two-tone dark on the bottom, or maybe the bright is meant to cancel out someone else's decision that it was painted dark red. It was originally shipped to Ann Arbor, MI, on March 13, 1916. The scan is attached below-- click for giant economy size.

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.



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Being in one piece I was encouraged.
Being fiberglassed I was discouraged.
Ripping the glass off was disgusting.
Stripping the patina is ongoing and man is it awful.
I see a backer stem ;piece in one end.
Some of, most of, the deck screws were steel and really stuck. I applied heat gun and it really helped losen things up. A good trick to know.
Thanks for the info. This is the very same canoe. Interesting, my grandmother's maiden name was Saunders. I have Great granpa Saunders' work bench.