Greetings and OT Build Record Request

Al Newcomb

Curious about Wooden Canoes
I finally made the leap and joined and it feels good.
I'm in the process of buying an 18 ft OT canvas and wood, serial # 143783
Any info would be appreciated.
Big Al Newcomb
Monroe, NY
Welcome, Big Al--

Old Town 143783 is an 18 foot CS (common sense) grade HW model canoe completed from February to April of 1946. It has open spruce gunwales, ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames and was fitted with a keel. It was originally painted dark green, and was shipped to Gardiner, Maine, on May 2, 1946.
Old Town canoes of this time period may still have had the slat seats of the wartime canoes... seems to me they didn't get back to using cane until 1947 or so. But people sometimes replaced the slat seats with cane seats once they became available.

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 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 to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

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.

Attached here--- I was a bit too fast with the "send" button!


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Thanks for the help!!

Kathryn, I wanted to thank you for the info and build sheet.
Big Al :)