Build history of Carleton #18516

Frank Devlin

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Found this canoe in a dumpster. Has a Carleton nameplate on bow deck, open gunwales, diamond head bolts. Looks like spruce outwales, ash inwhales and seat frames but most everything is coated with latex paint so it's hard to tell. As best as I can determine serial #is 18516. I intend to restore this find to its former glory. Any information on this canoe is appreciated.

Frank Devlin


Looks like this boat was shipped on August 14, 1911, to Coatsville (sp), PA. It was built in a "GS" grade and an 18' "SF" model. It was also ordered with a keel, middle thwart and the original color was "slate" . A build record is attached.

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Ric mistakenly posted the Old Town record. Attached is the correct Carleton record for your canoe.

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Gentlemen, Thanks for the quick replies. As for the first build record- I was wondering how I measured so wrong or if my tape was missing a couple of feet. I will be joining the WCHA in the next few days. This is a great resource. Thanks again,