A Pair of War Canoes

Tom Heys

Paddler/Downwind Sailer
I think these are Old Towns. They are at a summer camp on Squam Lake where I served as a councellor for a couple of summers in the early 70's. I'm not sure if these are the same war canoes the camp owned then. They were upside down last week when I saw them. Therefore, establishing their serial numbers was difficult. I think they were: 25 778_8 and 25 778_1. Do these numbers make sense?

Thanks, Tom
Indeed, those numbers do make sense, Tom.

Serial # 77808 was issued to an Old Town 25' War Canoe, CS grade with open spruce gunwales and birch decks, thwarts and seats, painted dark green and shipped to Mary A Elcock, Camp Asquam, Meredith, NH, on 20 May 1923.

A second 25' War Canoe with OT serial # 77851, CS grade, open spruce gunwales and 30" birch decks, birch thwarts and seats, also painted dark green, was shipped to the same address that same day.

Looks as if these could be the canoes of your memory.

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Thanks Roger

Roger, Thanks for your quick reply. I remember paddling at least one of these canoes years ago. What a thrill! It was great to re-connect with them again. Regards, Tom