Canoe History Enthusiast
The pictures here show an Indian Old Town canoe with serial number 201. There are no build records that go back this far but it is probably circa 1901 when this company started advertising. This was the first form of the organization that eventually became the Old Town Canoe Company on January 23rd, 1903 as described at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?10647 previously. The name plate is a non-ferrous metal which may have been plated originally. It appears to be a GG model based on the current 35.5 inch width and 18 foot length. The center thwart is missing and was held on with wing nuts but it doesn't appear to have spread too much. It also had cane lashings as carry handles on the bow and stern. There are also many small hooks spread along the bottom of the inside rails that may have been used to help secure camping gear. The deck described at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?5808 is the only other identified fragment of a canoe from this company that I have ever seen. Does anyone else know of other examples?