old town 123895


Curious about Wooden Canoes

Please look up old town 123895. It is a 16 foot canoe. I believe it came with a floor rack and keel. Both are missing now along with most of an inner rail, and both other rails, seats, thwarts, and bolts. (only the diamond head depressions remain...) In fact the boat is in sad shape, but is still quite shapely I would like to learn a bit about its history.

Thank you,

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Old Town 123895 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Yankee model canoe, finished December 1937 to March 1938, with open spruce gunwales, ash decks/thwarts/seat frames, a keel, a floor rack, and a bright red color with white hairline stripe. It was shipped to Newark, NJ, on April 7, 1938. Image of 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 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.

There is more information about the Yankee in older discussions here-- use the "search" function in the upper right. You may also find information about the Yankee and about Old Town in general in Sue Audette's book, "Old Town, Our First Hundred Years", which is available through the WCHA store and most booksellers, eBay, Amazon, and public libraries.



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