Easdale or Old Town ??


Curious about Wooden Canoes
hello, I bought an old canoe last week. i was cleaning it up this morning and I found some numbers. 82200 16


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didn't know I was only allowed six photos per post. here is the photos of the numbers_MG_3736.jpg_MG_3737.jpg
If this was an Old Town serial number, #82200 16 belonged to a 16-foot CS (or common sense) grade Charles River model built in 1924 and shipped in 1925 to San Francisco, California. It had open spruce gunwales, and birch decks, thwarts and seats, plus a keel. Its original color appears to have been dark red.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. 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 http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

If you are selling your canoe and plan to use this build record information as part of an ad, please consider giving the WCHA credit for this information on eBay or craigslist or wherever your canoe is listed.

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 Norm,
Thanks for the info.
The location is right, I bought the canoe about an hour north of S.F.
I can't tell if the seats are oak or birch as I am not familiar with birch. I did find a photo of some birch which had a similar grain
The thawrt's have a thin V shaped brass shim on them and also appear to be of different wood.
The deck is shaped like a arrow head and again I can't tell what is made of.
The rail are a soft wood but until i clean them up I cant tell.
and the numbers are stamped in.
I hope this helps Id her

Thank you very much for your help.
john Mullin_MG_3738.jpg_MG_3740.jpg_MG_3741.jpg_MG_3743.jpg
The thawrt's have a thin V shaped brass shim on them and also appear to be of different wood.

These are reinforcements for where the bolts pass through the thwarts, as there is just a little bit of relish (remaining wood between through hole and end of thwart) at the end of the thwart. These are another Old Town feature.

The deck is shaped like a arrow head and again I can't tell what is made of.

The decks are almost certainly replacements.
Hi Dan, Thanks for the info. I have been busy with kids and work so I haven't had much time for the canoe. I was looking at it this weekend and at each rib in addition to the two tacks through the planking their is what appears to be an 1/8" dowel at the very top edge of the planking. I purchased the wood and canvas canoe and the how to build the maine guide canoe and they don't mention anything about dowels. Could these be from a previous repair??
thanks john
It's nice to see another northern Californian on this forum. I was beginning to think I was the only one. Good luck on your project.
hello! yeah! it is nice. do you know anything about dowels being used to hold the gunwales on??