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hello fine folks in the WCHA. i m a fledgeling canoeist with a prized passed down orphan cedar canvas canoe. i am unable to discern the creator of this canoe. the serial number of the 17' by 34" wide is 27403. two thwarts and two cane seat mounts may not provide adequate identity without photos. what additional detail might i provide to proceed towards an id an ultimate nth level restoration. great to connect with such a devoted and creative level of expertise on this great earth. than you so very much!!!
Could also be an Old Town. Look to see if there is another, 2 digit number (hopefully 17) located a couple of inches away from the number.

The Old Town canoe with 27403 is a 17' Charles River model in CS (Common Sense - or no frills) grade. It had birch seats, decks and thwarts, Oak finish rails and a keel. It was originally painted dark red and shipped to Akron, OH in July of 1913. That build record is attached. Some photos would help us help you in identifying your boat.

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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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Dragonfly site for canoe ID

You can check out some canoes at this ID site:


List of canoe builders is on the left. Look at Old Town... and if that deck-style isn't what's on your canoe, check out Carleton, Morris, Kennebec, Chestnut, Racine, Detroit... umm... there are lots of canoe builders who had a 5-digit format! If you can't post a picture right away, it would help if you described the deck-style and someone here will make suggestions... maybe pare it down a bit.