Old Town 18'


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Howdy all, new here as of today...great site. Might be taking the plunge, but need some help first...no idea what model it might be...

Old Town 18'
serial number 30229 18

18', 3 thwarts, approx 35" width


The Old Town with serial number 30229 is an 18 foot long, GS (Guide's Special or low) grade, IF (Indian Fishing) or Guide's model canoe with western red cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, and ash seats. It was built between December, 1913 and April, 1914. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on April 21st, 1914 to Haileybury, Ontario, Canada. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan and several hundred thousand more 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 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 don't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



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tx Benson, appreciate your help. How can i determine which grade it might be? any clues i might be able to figure out?

tx again,
Old Town's three grades were AA, CS, and GS from high to low. The three pages from the 1914 catalog attached below describe each of these grades and your model. Generally the GS grade canoes were simply built with lumber that was slightly less clear and had a few more flaws than the CS grade ones. The build record for this canoe identifies it as a GS grade.



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Hi Dave,

Many of us have found that the non-AA grade canoes from the early years of Old Town and other builders have the same level of finesse in the woodworking, even if the wood itself is considered lesser quality.

Hope you enjoy restoring and using your canoe. We love pictures of folks working on their projects!