old town #104935-16


my son and i are gong to restore our canoe this winter. we have very little experience but are eager to learn. was wondering if anyone might have more information on this canoe and possibly the plans. an advice on how to begin would be greatly appreciated..craig & connor riddle
Hi Craig and Connor,

Old Town 104935 is a 16 foot CS (common sense, or middle) grade Otca model canoe that was completed February-July of 1930. It has Western red cedar planking and open spruce gunwales. Wood species of decks/thwarts/seat frames isn't specified on the record, but in CS grade is any hardwood but mahogany--- commonly ash, birch, or maple. The canoe has a keel and outside stems and was originally painted maroon. It was shipped to Anchor Sporting Goods in New York (I assume NYC, as city isn't specified) on July 14, 1930. 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 http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

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.

I'll also attach a picture of the Otca from the 1930 catalog. There is much information on this model in the archives here-- if you use the "search" function above and type in "otca" you may find interesting info. The catalog image is courtesy of "The Complete Old Town Canoe Company Catalog Collection, 1901- 1993", available on CD from http://www.wcha.org/catalog/ and http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/cdrom.htm on the web.

Others here may jump in with information on their own projects-- some of which are also dad/son or grandpa/grandson.



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