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Hello oldfireman,

Old Town 110214 is a 17 foot AA (top) grade HW (heavy water) model canoe that was completed September 1931 to February 1933. It has red Western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seat frames, a keel, a floor rack, and sponsons. Originally it had number 4 design (among the most popular). It was shipped to Hudson's in Detroit, MI, on June 16, 1934.

There essentially is no canoe that is beyond restoration... those that have become the unfortunate victims of serial bookcase builders have been reincarnated as canoes once again. An AA grade canoe is "top grade" and restored sponson canoes can be very striking... or they can be restored without the sponsons. If you'd like to post pictures, others here can provide input as to what your canoe might need to get it back onto the water.
A copy of the build record is attached below-- click on it for 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 will join or renew your membership 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.php to join.

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.

Kathy
 

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Hello again-- I meant to add the image of number 4 design, and will add the page from the 1934 Old Town catalog describing the HW model. These images are courtesy "The Complete Old Town Canoe Company Catalog Collection, 1901- 1993", available on CD from http://www.wcha.org/catalog/ and http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/cdrom.htm on the web.

Gives you a better idea of what the canoe originally looked like-- and maybe something to shoot for!

Kathy
 

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