Old Town 173532 is a 16 foot Otca, finished from December 1963-February 1964. It has a keel and outside stems and was originally painted with the number 4 design. It was shipped to Keith's Marine Supply on February 5, 1964. A copy of the scan is posted below-- click on it for a larger image.
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Thanks Kathy, it matches. I inspected it today and you can still see the remains of the design #4 paint. The outer rails appear to be mahogany and it has the bow seat frame and mast step for the sailing rig which has been with the canoe since it was originally purchased. Would these normally have been on the record or possibly something the dealer added?
Hi - Steve's canoe was finished on Feb 4, 1964, with the number 173532. My Otca was started around Feb 13 - 9 days later, with the number 173693. That's a difference of 161. I'm curious - did Old Town have that many canoes in the construction pipeline all at one time?? Al
Between 1905 and 1975 211000 canoes were assigned serial numbers by Old Town. Keeping in mind that production varied with the time of year, the economy, that this includes all canoes and boats, and also includes the early fiberglass canoes, Old Town produced an average of 2970 boats per year, or 11 per day (assuming a 5 day work week - early days may have had a six day week...).
So yes, Old Town did have that much production going on at times.