model ID

Hi Jan,

Old Town 138392 is a 16 foot CS (common sense, or middle grade) Otca model canoe completed during September through November of 1943. It has open spruce gunwales and ash decks, thwarts, and seat frames. It was fitted with a keel and painted dark green, then shipped to Flint, Michigan, on April 29, 1944.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. 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 if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

It is standard for Otcas prior to 1957 have a 20" deck with coaming, rather than the "usual" Old Town deck. This can make the Otca model easier to ID in pictures than the other models.



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