fabulous 1940 guide canoe.



Hello.... I tried this before the "crash".....
Any way, I own an Old Town guide canoe.... 18 ft. Have had it 12 years now and located the serial number long ago. Sure would love a copy of that build record. Plan on a major overhaul this coming spring and want to bring her back to beautiful as only a wooden canoe can be..
Hope to hear from you soon... thanks Mike

Serial number is 129698-18
The Old Town canoe with serial number 129698 is an 18 foot, GS grade, Guide's model with spruce gunwales, half ribs, a keel, and outside stems. It was built between March and June, 1940. The original exterior paint color was Yale blue. It shipped on June 14th, 1940 to White Hall, New York. It appears that there was a problem with paint peeling so refinishing materials were sent out on July 17th, 1940 as shown on the back side of the card. Scans of both sides of this build record can be found by following the links behind the thumbnail images attached below.

These scans were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details.
I hope that you will join or contribute to 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.html to join.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. I'm sorry to have taken so long to get back to you and hope that your restoration goes well this spring. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



  • 129698.gif
    46.2 KB · Views: 871
  • 129698-b.gif
    7.1 KB · Views: 838
Last edited:
fabulous 1940.

Thank you Benson Gray.
I would like to let you know that I am now a registered member of the WCHA... and this because the WCHA is a valuable resource a man would have to be a fool to pass up.