Old Town 16' HW

Eric Ames

New Member
I recently received as a gift a 1910 Old Town 16' HW, serial number 12524. I would love to see the build record to get the original specifications. A few modifications have been made throughout the years and I would like to restore it to original.
Hi Eric,

Sounds like a great canoe. Old Town 12524 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade HW (heavy water) canoe that was completed October 1909--May 1910, with red Western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seat frames and a keel. Originally, it was New Haven green. It was shipped to Folsom Arms (a dealership) in NYC on June 4, 1910. This appears to jibe with the information you have on it, but if not, we can try again! 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.

I've attached information on the HW from the 1910 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.

If you need any specific details to help with restoration, please don't hesitate to post questions. Others have restored canoes similar to yours and can help with suggestions, etc.


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Thank you very much for the info. The canoe is in decent shape and I'm going to use it this summer. Starting in the fall, I'm going to restore it through the winter. I'm sure I'll have questions for the forum at that point.