Hi, Steve--

Old Town 99745 is an 18 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Otca model canoe that was completed November of 1928 to June of 1929, with open spruce gunwales, oak decks/thwarts/seat frames, a keel, and a floor rack. Originally, it was light green with "Tip-A-Bit" on the right bow and left stern. It was shipped to Spofford, NH, on June 22, 1929. In January of 1972, an inquiry was made to Old Town regarding this canoe from Greenfield, MA. Image of 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 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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That all matches up except the boat now sports what's left of long decks and combing. I haven't seen the boat yet but a fellow addict picked it up for me yesterday. I can't tell from the pictures if they were added over top of the standard decks or not. The canvas, outwales, and keel are gone but other than typical rot in the ends of the boat the hull is sound. Could the long decks have been an add-on?
Thanks Dan, I didn't realize that. Sounds like we've identified the right boat. Another one saved - please don't tell my wife! She only sees colors anyhow - another canoe without a skin will look like a customer boat, as in "surely he didn't buy that!"