Looking for Old Town Build records

I have 3 Old Town canoes and I have the serial numbers for 2 of them and am seeking the build reports if someone would be so kind to look them up. The first one is a 17 foot double ender #137165. The second one is a 16 foot Octa #48018. If someone could give any information on these I would appreciate it. I also have a 30's 17 foot Square stern Old Town with sponsons that I cannot find the serial number to. I looked on the stem and the center inner keel and found no number. I have looked on the stern knee and center keel board in front of that to no avail. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
Stephen V. Smith
The Old Town canoe with serial number 137165 is a 17 foot long, CS (Common Sense) grade, Otca model with open spruce gunwales, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between March and August, 1943. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It was shipped on August 12th, 1943 to the Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

The Old Town canoe with serial number 48018 is a 16 foot long, AA grade, Ideal model with open mahogany gunwales, half ribs, a keel and outside stems. It was built between January and March, 1917. The original exterior paint color was Carmine red with a gold stripe. It was shipped on April 30th, 1955 to Providence, Rhode Island.

Scans of these build records can be found by following the links at the attached thumbnail images below. The information at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=791 may help you find the serial number on the square stern. Another place to look is on the edge of the transom. Many other builders made boats like this so it may not be an Old Town or it is possable that the numbers were removed at some time.

These scans 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/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php 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.



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