Old town 18 footer, SN 18091


Curious about Wooden Canoes
First off, a thousand thanks to those who devoted their time to this labour of love! What a great service to mankind!

I just picked up an 18' Old Town canoe in reasonable shape. The scatter chart I found here looks like a manufacture date somewhere between 1911-1914!

Any and all info would be most appreciated.
The Old Town canoe with serial number 18091 is an 18 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade, HW (heavy water) model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce rails, birch decks, ash thwarts, and sponsons. It was built between June and July, 1911. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on July 12th, 1911 to East Jaffery, New Hampshire with three spruce paddles. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the attached thumbnail image below.

These scans were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will join or contribute 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.html to join.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



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Benson, thanks a ton for the research. This is great, just great. Hope to see you at a WCHA event next year in my stylin' boat.