How old is this Old Town?


New Member
How old is this Old Town? #169441 15

Hi, Just bought what I'm pretty sure is a late 50's vintage OT 15'. There is a small remnant of what looks like an "Old Town" sticker. The canoe is 36" wide in the middle measured to the outside of the rails. The serial # is 169441 with a 15 close by. It has one middle thwart. It has a keel and the outside gunwale is mahogany Would appreciate it if anyone could help with it's birth certificate. Thank you. Will try to post some photos. PS Tried to post photos but received an "invalid post specified" message. If anyone knows what this "invalid" message means I would appreciate the assistance. Thanks
Last edited:
Welcom to the WCHA forums. The canoe with number 169441 is a 15' Old Town "Fifty Pound" model. It had a keel installed and was painted Fire Red before shipping to Fall River Mass in 1960. A copy of the build record is attached.

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 if you want more details. Please join WCHA or make a tax deductable contribution so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA, to watch a 10 minute video about WCHA and our programs and to join. If you are already a WCHA member, THANK YOU!

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.


  • 169441.gif
    47 KB · Views: 249
Old Town 169441

Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to reply and the original order. Looking at the remnants of canvas I thought the original color was green. After removing some peeling paint from the keel and sorting through the layers it looks like the original color is definitely "fire red". I'll be posting some photos (once I can figure out how to shrink the jpegs... thanks for the photo info Dan) on the restoration thread. Thanks again. Steven