Carleton anoe info


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Ladies and Gents,

I would like to find out the build record on a Carleton Canoe serial # 7774. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Zack
Hi Zack,

Carleton 7774 is a 17 foot Carleton model canoe with closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, and probably ash seat frames that was originally dark red. It was shipped to Boston, MA, on April 13, 1910. The scan is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. Any pictures to post?

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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Hi Macky--This is how I see it: when the Carleton factory on South Main Street in Old Town burned on May 17, 1911, all of their canoe building was consolidated with Old Town Canoe. So, we can assume the canoe was shipped from the Carleton factory because it was shipped prior to the fire... however, since Old Town had purchased the Carleton Company, the canoe was essentially shipped by OT (but from the Carleton factory).


What style tag does your Carleton have? I know there is two styles out there. My Carleton is from the same time period as yours and the tag is missing. Could you post a picture perhaps?

My Carleton is from the same time period as yours and the tag is missing.

I also hope that Zack will post a picture. My guess is that the tag looked like the one at if there are only two nail holes in the deck. This canoe shipped a few weeks after Old Town purchased Carleton as described at so it is both and an Old Town and a Carleton as Kathy described.