Carleton canoe 17 12073

Hello Dale--

Carleton 12073 is a 17 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Carleton model canoe that was completed February-May of 1916. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seat frames, a keel and outside stems. Originally it was painted Yale blue. It was shipped to Allentown, PA, on May 18, 1916. A copy of this scan is attached below-- click on it to get a larger picture.

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.

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Many thanks for the information. I have known this canoe for 50 years! Now it is mine and I hope to preserve it for at least another 50. I may need to refinish it but I believe it is basically sound. Will provide photos when I am able. Thanks again! Dale
Interesting how often these old canoes don't stray too far from home-- I think they tend to be well-loved and even if they don't stay in the same family, they are kept in the same community because someone had their eye on the canoe! We'd love to see pictures.