Info Requested; Old Town # 116348


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Could you please post the build report and any info you can find on this "Old Town" Serial number? I just picked up this canoe and am very excited about restoring it. I has sailing equipment but not sure it is orginal or not. Thank you so much!
Terry P.
Terry: The Old Town canoe with serial number 116348 is a 17 foot CS grade, HW model with a keel. It was built between October 1935 and March 1936. The original exterior color was orange with a black hair line stripe. It shipped on May 28, 1936 to Long Island City NY. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the thumbnail image attached below.

These scans and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. I hope that you will 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 boat. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



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Is this a odd color?

Thank You Al for your quick reply on this canoe. The Orange color was a surprise. It's green now. But I can see a bit of orange(ish) color under the green. It's pretty flacky paint at the moment. Do you have any color chart or catalog showing this orange color and how it would be striped? I can't say I have ever seen or even heard of an orange Old Town canoe. It does have a Macy's plate on the bow deck. Was it one of their colors?
Terry: Currently I am restoring an Old Town 50 pounder that originally was orange. In searching the build records orange comes up from time to time, but it was not a common color. Refer to the OT color distribution pie chart under Research and History to see the breakdown of colors.

As far as the stripe is concerned, it probably was just that. Look under the Canoe Catalog Reference guide for Old Town's design patterns. Usually if the canoe was painted a specific design it was noted on the build record. Benson may be able to clarify this further. My guess is that it may have had a 1/2" wide black stripe running the length of the canoe probably 3" or so under the gunwhale. That's what mine had. - Al