Build record for Old Town 137737 18


Canoe Builder
I would like the build record and any other information for an Old Town canoe I'm restoring. Serial # 137737 18

Thank you, Pete Pride
Hello Pete, and welcome to WCHA.

137737 appears on an 18' Guide in GS (guide special - ie-no frills) trim. It had open spruce gunwales, ash seats, decks and thwarts and a keel. The original color was GS Green. It was shipped in October of 1943 to Rockford, IL. A copy of the build record is attached.

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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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Another look (at the back of the record) indicates that your canoe traveled to Seattle in 1977.


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Thanks Mike,

Do you know if Old Town used any western red cedar for planking back in 1943? Pete
Almost all of the planking used by Old Town was Western Red Cedar. The build records show "WC" in the planking line which people confuse as meaning WHITE Cedar - it was really WESTERN cedar.