Looking for a serial number lookup and any info on my Old Town 11577


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Hey, I'v had this old Old Town canoe hanging in my garage for years now, and I am finally thinking of restoring or selling it. I believe I have the original papers somewhere but cant find them right now. I would appreciate any info anyone could give me about it and what it might be worth. It is a Old Town wood and canvas canoe with serial number 11577. I want to say pretty early 1900s but I am not sure. Its in pretty good condition, would need a paint job since its all cracked, but the ribs and canvas are in fine condition other than some dust. Thanks! -Ben
The Old Town canoe with serial number 11577 is an 18 foot long, AA (premium or top) grade HW (heavy water) model with red western cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany seats, decks, and thwarts, and equipped with a keel, outside stems, painter ring (2?), a mast seat, lee boards, rudder, and a leg-o-mutton sail. It was built in July 1909. The original exterior paint color was dark red . It was shipped to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 5, 1909. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

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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/about-the-wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://store.wcha.org/WCHA-New-Membership.html 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.

For a discussion of determining the value of a canoe, see the post at:


See also: http://wcha.org/legacypages/catalogs/old-town/guide/

If you have all the sailing gear in good condition (mast, spars, rudder, lee boards, saiing seat) that will increase the value of the canoe quite a bit. If you have it, a sail from 1909 is not likely to be useful, except as a pattern for a new sail.

Greg Nolan