The Old Town canoe with serial number 43736 is 18 feet long, AA (top or premium) grade, an Otca model with open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, thwarts, and seats and equipped with outside stems, a keel, a floor rack, and 36” long decks. It was also equipped with a brass flag pole socket in the stern deck It was built between June and July 1916. The exterior was originally painted white, with a ½” gold stripe with turned down ends, and the letters M.M.H were painted in gold old English letters; I can’t decipher futher notes about the paint/letters. It was shipped on August 6, 1916 to Chelsea, Michigan. In September 1983 a canvas cover and 2 backrests “mahogany slat double” were ordered by a Larry Brookens. A scan of this build record can be found by following the links behind the thumbnail images attached below.
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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/about-the-wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://store.wcha.org/WCHA-New-Membership.html 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.

Thanks Greg. My dad used to have a copy of the build record but had lost it. He's also the one who ordered the new canvas in 83.