Have serial number...need info please


East Tennessee Canoeist
Kathryn- I am restoring an Old Town 16 foot canoe. Here is the ID number on the stem. Would you please look up the information available? # 162330

Hi Jeff--

Old Town 162330 is a 16 foot AA grade (mahogany trimmed) Otca model, fitted with a keel and sponsons. It was painted design #37 and the name "Susan" was placed on the left bow and right stern (maybe a nice b-day present?) before it was shipped off to Charles B. Chapman, MD, of Welch, West Virginia on December 3, 1954. (I suppose it could have been a holiday gift...).

Scan of the record is attached below. Scans of approximately 210,000 records 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/ot_records/ if you want more details.

I seem to recall you've joined the WCHA, but others reading this who have not are encouraged to do so, or to make a tax deductible contribution so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA, http://www.wcha.org/wcha_video.php to watch a 10 minute video about WCHA and our programs and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to join.

Image of design #37 from the 1954 Old Town catalog courtesy of The Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Catalog Collection, version 2, edited by Dan Miller and Benson Gray, published by Dragonfly Canoe Works and available at www.dragonflycanoe.com.

Enjoy your canoe-- sounds like a nice one!


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Thanks Kathryn!

Thank you! Thank You! Thank you! I so very much appreciate your help. Talk about FAST!

Maryville, TN