Canoe Serial #


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Hi Everyone,
My name is Joe and I just bought a Old Town canoe with #175586 16 on it.
I also found a date on the skin under the stem brass band looks like 1-13-66.
The seller thought the canoe was a1986 year. I wll post pictues later.
The skin is removed and the wood looks to be in good shape. Is there a build record for it

Thanks Joe
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The Old Town canoe with serial number 175586 is a 16 foot long Otca model with a keel. It was built between January and February, 1966. The original exterior paint color was red. It shipped on April 23rd, 1966 to Wakefield, Rhode Island. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

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 join.

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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