The Old Town canoe with serial number 16644 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade HW model canoe that was finished January-July of 1911. It has closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames, a keel, and sponsons. It was fitted with an additional thwart, in the middle. Originally painted dark green and shipped to Minneapolis, MN, on July 20, 1911.
Please match the details of this canoe to what you are seeing... many old canoes have five digit serial numbers. There should be a "16" as part of the serial number. The sponsons may have been lost over the years, but Old Town sponson canoes have carry thwarts at each end, and you may be able to see where the sponsons were attached at the sides with screws. Gunwales should be closed. Does a canoe shipped to Minneapolis seem to fit what you know about the canoe?
If these details don't match the canoe, please post pictures so we can figure out what else it might be.
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Just talk to my friend and he figures it's a chestnut(he thinks all woodcanvas are chestnuts even peterboroughs but thats another discussion LOL)check dragonflys sight and no serial numbers for chestnuts