Old Town # 136278 16


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Pretty sure that is the right number. Not exactly sure about the last one. It is very derelict and 'stored' in a sand pit with some heavy equipment. This next to a small pond in Southern Maine. Looks like it an open gunwale model but most of the inner and outer are missing. Looks like a stalled restoration. Still salvagable but not for the faint of heart.

Check the numbers at both ends, and post pictures if you want extra eyes looking at the serial number-- it also helps to see the canoe. I checked all the canoes beginning with 136270 and there is only one 16 footer-- I'll give you the list:

136270 17' Otca
136271 18' guide
136272 20' guide
136273 18' sq end paddling canoe
136274 17' Otca
136275 15' 50#
136276 18' sq end paddling canoe
136277 13 1/2' lapstrake
136278 13 1/2' lapstrake

Old Town 136279 is a 16' CS (common sense or middle) grade Yankee model canoe with open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seat frames, a keel, and a floor rack. It was originally painted design #43. It was shipped to Dover, NH, on April 2, 1943.

Does the trim match? Does this canoe appear to be a war-era Yankee? It's fun to figure these things out! The scan is posted below-- click to see 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.


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Kathy, that sounds about right. The shape of 9 would fit with what I was seeing. I did not see the floor rack but there must be evidence of it having been there. We are about thirty minutes from Dover, NH. Thanks for your time.
I'm glad this record seems to fit. You might see toggles on the floor of the canoe that were used to hold the floor rack. The toggles are sometimes made from pieces of stem band... I'm not sure what it would be for this era Old Town. I'll attach a picture of the Yankee from the 1943 Old Town catalog, courtesy "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. The current 16 foot Otca is built on the old Yankee form.