Carleton 17926

Hi Dave--

Carleton 17926 is a 16 foot CS grade Carleton model canoe with red Western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, birch decks/thwarts/seats and a keel. No mention of sponsons on the record. It was painted dark (?) green (I recognize this guy's writing and that's his "D" even though it looks sorta like an "L") and shipped to YMCA Camp Northport on Long Island, NY on 7-2-1925. 84th B-day coming right up!

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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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Hi Dave-- I'd love to be giving you that information, but Dell has sent me a new computer and it isn't giving me the information. I'll get it out eventually.

Carleton 17626 is a 17 foot regular grade Carleton model canoe, finished between January 1923 and February 1925. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks/thwarts/seat frames and a keel. No mention of sponsons. It was painted bright red and shipped on June 1, 1925 to some place I can't read well... Wilton, possibly MN but back in '25 they weren't saying "MN". So I will Google whether there's a Wilton in MN.

If this doesn't seem right, we can keep looking.



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Wilton is a city in Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 186 at the 2000 census.

Okay, it exists there, and that's probably where this canoe went, if it's the one in your shop!
It's coming to the shop in August. The photo shows sponsons and the owner says it's a sailing canoe, but I don't see a mast step. It has a carry thwart and closed gunwales. Could be Wilton, Maine
Here are the photos...


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Maybe you'll find the s/n is something else once you get the canoe. I can't imagine that sponsons would either be left off the build record or added later. And carry thwarts were commonly added to sponson canoes... which suggests this was done at the factory. So, we may need to try again!
Got the canoe and number is.........

17026-17 Carleton with sponTOONS.

Smoothin' it with Ferd out in the shop!
Dave - now that you have Ferdy there to help you read, we can give you the record :)

Carleton 17026 is a 17' CS gradewith spruce wales, birch seats, decks & thwarts, keel and sponsons. It was painted Dark Green and shipped to Milwaukee in May of 1923.

Say hello to Ferdy for me.


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