Old Town # 117606

Hello Greg,

Old Town 117606 is a 15 foot CS (common sense, or middle grade) 50 pound model canoe that was completed April-July of 1936. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, oak decks, thwarts, and seat frames, and a keel. Original color was orange. It was shipped to Camp Bonheur in Meredith, NH, on July 13, 1936. The reverse of the build record shows an inquiry January 22, 1987, from a resident of Meredith, NH. The scan of this record (both sides) 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.

You may also want to Google the name of the camp to find more information about the place your canoe was first used. Use of the "search" function at the top of this page may give you information on the 50 pound model (ancestor of the modern "trapper"). There's also a great book: "Old Town Our First Hundred Years" by Sue Audette, that provides interesting information on the OT company.

Kathy
 

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