Info on Serial # 13714


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I am brand new to this forum and very excited to have found it! I have recently discovered a canoe at a friend's house and he is willing to sell it to me. The plate on it says Carleton Canoe made by Old Town and it has the serial number of 13714 stamped in the bottom and then a space and 16 which I assume is indicative of its 16' length. I would love to have any and all information I can find on this canoe and it's history. Thank you in advance!
Glad you like our little community. The Carleton canoe with 13714 was a 16' regular grade canoe with open spruce gunwales and maple seats, decks and thwarts and a keel. It was painted Dark Red and shipped to Syracuse, NY in Ma4 of 1919. It also had cane back rests shipped with it. A copy of the build record is attached.

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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.


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Mike -

Thank you so much - it is very interesting to see in black and white when it was built and how and its ship date. The person who owns it now is from the Syracuse area and I will have to ask him if he is any relation to the original owner. Any idea on value? Thanks so much - it is a beauty and I love it!

I'm glad you are excited about your new canoe. Welcome to a great hobby (obsession). As to the value, the best we could do without a formal apprasial would be to refer you to the FAQ's in the forum. There are so many variables in the old canoe world, that there is no "Blue Book" price guide. Take a look at for more information.

If you are new to wooden canoes, you may want to have a knowledible person take a look for potential damage or weak spots that could be addressed in a partial restoration or repair to keep your new baby in top shape.

If you live in the Syracuse/Finger Lakes area, you may want to visit WCHA's annual gathering, called Assembly, which will be occurring this year at Keuka College July 15-18. You will be overwhelmed at the large number of beautiful canoes of all makes and age.
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Thank you for that information. Also thanks for the info on the gathering at Keuka College - I live 35 mins from there so I will definitely try and attend!!! I do have someone who is very knowledgeable about canoes old and new and he is going to help me assess the condition so I know what I am getting into. It is very exciting that is a fact!!