info on OT s/N 62629-16

Tom Larson

I am looking for Info on OT Canoe S/n # 62629-16 which is a Sailing Canoe that I plan to restore. It has the tips(upper portion of bow and stern) trimed off about 4" because they rotted away.
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Hi Tom--

Old Town 62629 isa 16 foot, AA grade Ideal model canoe finished between September 1920 and May 1921. I can't make out the planking-- usually the record will state "WC" for red Western cedar or "MC" for Maine white. This canoe has open mahogany gunwales and mahogany decks, thwarts, and seat frames-- Mahogany, or "first rate", trim is the definition of AA grade.The canoe has half ribs and a keel and was painted dark green. The Ideal model is the Charles River model, all tricked-out with AA trim, open gunwales and half ribs... and I believe dark green was the standard color for the Ideal... although it sorta cries out for a fancy paint job!

This canoe was shipped to Chicago, IL, on June 1, 1921 (when my grandmother was a month away from giving birth to my mom-- an important factoid for me).

Build record doesn't mention sail rigging, so it seems that was an afterthought, if we're looking at the right record. You might want to post pictures and get opinions re whether the sail rigging is from Old Town.

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 will join or renew your membership to 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.

More information on the Old Town Company can be found in Sue Audette's book, "Old Town, Our First Hundred Years", which is available through the WCHA store and most booksellers, eBay, Amazon, and public libraries.



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