Have had this canoe since 1978. Put a new skin on it at that time - but, alas, that time has come again. It is skinned and filled. Now it is time to pick a color and I would love to bring it back to its origonal. Any info would be wonderful.
Old Town 101581 is a 17 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade HW (heavy water) model canoe that was finished May-July of 1929. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch seat frames, birch thwarts, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. Originally, it was dark green. It was shipped to Albany, NY, on July 26, 1929. A copy of this scan is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image.
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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.