Old Town 159109


Old Town 159109 is a 16 foot CS (common sense) grade HW model canoe, completed between January and March of 1953. It had a keel, sponsons, and was originally bright red. It was shipped to Trigg's Marine Supply in Youngstown, Ohio, on June 5, 1953.

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... or if you don't understand any of the canoe lingo above.



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Thanks for the very quick response. I do intend to join and contribute to the WCHA to support this great work. May I assume you are part of the effort?

This canoe now resides in Fair Haven, NY. It's been in our family since the 1960s. I am not exactly sure how it traveled from Ohio to Lake Ontario, but most likely it was by the original owner. The canoe has gotten a great deal of use (and some abuse) by my brothers and I, especially when we were much younger. It has been rejuvenated this summer by a local craftsman. As you will see in the uploaded photo the work seems to align pretty well with the original specifications in the build record.

Knowing the history makes it all much more interesting. Thanks again.

Fair Haven, NY


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Hi Steve--

Your canoe looks great-- nice to see a canoe that's been enjoyed by a family carrying on for future generations.

Welcome to the WCHA. You might want to check into a nearby chapter... there's still some paddling-time left, and it's fun to go out in a group.