Dad's old canoe


Curious about Wooden Canoes
I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about dad's canoe. It's an Old Town canoe and the number that's stamped on it is 151619 16. He recently had it re-canvased/re-varnished and it looks and paddles fantastic!


Dad had a 16' CS (Commom Sense) grade Yankeemodel with open spruce rails, and a keel. Paint color was Bright Red. It was shipped to Minneapolis, MN in May 1949. A copy of the build record is attached.

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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.
Here's the page from the 1949 OT catalog that describes the Yankee... this is on the catalog collection CD.


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That's really great info, thanks. When he had the restoration done, he chose to change the color to red (from sky blue) because "a canoe should be red". It's neat that it was returned to it's original color.

BTW, I didn't see the build record attached, was it in one of the links?

Whoops - was in a hurry and forgot the attachment. Thanks for covering my back, Kathy.