Old Town 169452-16

Hi Steve,

Old Town 169452 is a 16' Otca, originally fitted with a keel and painted light green, that was finished from November 1959 to February 1960. It was shipped to Livingston Sport Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, on March 21, 1960. 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.



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Not much detail there. He referred to the boat as a 1959 Old Town 16' model A. I thought the "A" might refer to AA grade and help determine the correct materials. Oh well, thanks for posting the record - I'll have to rely on the old calibrated eyeball :rolleyes:
He may have thought "Otca" meant "model A", because at one time the theory was that "OTCA" stood for "Old Town Canoe [model] A".

Old Town discontinued the grades in the '50s, and build records of this era onward contain less information. The canoe may have had spruce inwales and mahogany outwales... someone else may chime in with a more definitive answer, based on canoes that they've worked on.