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Curious about Wooden Canoes
Now that I have stripped the paint off of the stems I see that I have misread the serial number I gave before. The new one is 132238-16. Thanks.
It is still a Yankee but I believe it to be built around '39-'40. Is it possible to obtain the build record for the new serial number 132238? Thanks for your help and trouble.

I recall seeing your post while my CD drives were busy copying something, but didn't remember once they were done... sorry.

Old Town 132238 is a 16 foot CS (common sense) grade HW model (not a Yankee) finished April-->June of 1941. It has red Western cedar planking, ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames and a keel. It was originally painted dark green and shipped to Camp Norwich in Huntington, MA, on August 6, 1941.

I hope this is the one!

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 and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in 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.



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Hi Kathy. Quick did you know that it has wstern red cedar for the planking? I didn't see it on the build sheet. You are correct by the way.
Usually after "planking" on the build record is the notation "WC" for red Western cedar... sometimes it will say "Maine cedar", but most often on these older Old Towns it is red. Usually I don't go ahead and speculate, if I don't see "WC" on the record... don't know for sure why I did in your case. Glad it seems to fit!