Build record for OT 118258-16

I looked your s/n up and this is the info. Kathy will have to post the build record because I don't know how to do that. She'll be home later.
Your canoe is indeed a 16ft. CS grade Yankee Aug 7 1936. Oak deck, keel painted Dk. Green sent to Hanson (I think) Duluth Co. Duluth Minn.
The information is on the disks compiled by Benson Gray and Dan Miller. Kathy will supply more information on that.
(Thanks, Denis... you done goood for a first run at a build record!)

The canoe has Western red cedar planking (the "WC" notation) and not only are the decks oak, but the thwarts and seat frames are as well (those "dittos" beneath "oak").

Looks like "Hanson" to me, too.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

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.

More information on the Old Town Company can be found in Sue Audette's book Old Town, Our First Hundred Years, which is available through the WCHA store and most booksellers, eBay, Amazon, and public libraries.



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Thanks for the build record. Yes, it is "Hanson". Years ago, when I first got the build record from Old Town (but have since lost it), I was told by a reference librarian at the Duluth Public Library that the Hanson Duluth Co. was closed when the interstate was put in in the '50's or '60's.