Old Town 18' Serial Number


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Please provide information on Old Town Serial Number 198674 18. Also wondering if Old Town ever used aluminum stem bands and if they stained the varnished surfaces.

Thank you.

Jim Ruwaldt
Hello Jim-- Sorry for the delay in getting this information to you--- most of our volunteers who look up build records are at our annual assembly... and my computer was down for a while. But here you are:

Old Town 198674 is an 18 foot guide model canoe completed December of 1973 to February 1974. It has a keel and was originally dark green. It was shipped to the Huff 'N' Puff Sport Center in Mankato, MN, on March 27, 1974.

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 anyone reading this will join or renew 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 renew.

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

I believe there was a period of time when aluminum stem bands were used... you might try using the "search" function above and typing in "aluminum stem bands", or wait until someone else jumps in with an answer to that and your staining question.



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wondering if Old Town ever used aluminum stem bands and if they stained the varnished surfaces.

Yes, Old Town was using aluminum stem bands in the 1970s but they typically did not stain the varnished sufaces at that time.