Old Town 173397 is a 17 foot Otca model canoe, finished October to December of 1963. It has a keel and originally had design #37. 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.
Kathryn, I am new to this site and am interested in your (and others thoughts) on using a vinyl canvas for a restoration. I have a tremblay which is covered in the original verolite it has held up very well and shows no visible signs of retaining moisture/rot. I am contemplating a ot restoration project would the same canvas be ill advised on that? thanks jim
Generally speaking when it comes to canoes, it can be a mistake to put something other than what was originally intended on the canoe, even if you aren't going for a restoration but are simply trying to get the canoe into the water. It has been found that "the tried and true" tends to work best.
You may want to post about this in a separate heading, like "Verolite" to bring up responses from others.