Old Town 47601

raymilora

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Hello all! New member and owner. Was looking for information on my new (old) Old Town Canoe! Not sure what information is required but full serial number is XTC47601M84C. Thanks in advance !
 
Hello-- I can give you build record information for Old Town 47601, but the other number you provided isn't familiar to me and may be a boat registration number having little or nothing to do with Old Town and its records, so this may not be the correct information for your canoe. If you post pictures of your canoe, it should be obvious whether it's the correct record... and I'll try to provide clues as I "translate" the build record for you. Someone else here may know the significance of the other number.

An Old Town serial number is found on the upper face of BOTH stems, on the floor of the canoe near the decks. It is 5-6 numbers, followed (or sometimes proceeded) by a space and the length of the canoe.

Old Town 47601 would show that number, followed by "17" because it's a seventeen foot canoe. It is a CS (common sense or middle) grade Otca model canoe that was completed January-March 1917. Planking is white Maine cedar. Decks are maple, and an Otca deck of this period would be 20" long with coaming and not the "traditional" Old Town short deck (see www.dragonflycanoe.com/id/ Old Town, if you need to see the styles of Old Town decks).

Gunwales are open spruce, and thwarts and seat frames are maple. The canoe has half ribs, outside stems, and a keel. (Even if your canoe was modified over the years, the half ribs should still be there-- if not, this isn't the correct record.) Originally, your canoe was painted bright red, with a 2" black stripe edged in gold. The bang plate extends the full length of the keel. This canoe was shipped to Harrisburg, PA, on March 31, 1917. The scan of this record has been 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.

Kathy
 

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New to this so sorry I didn't post this in the original. The stem is stamped with the numbers 247601 15. Thanks again for any assistance!
 
Hi again, Ray--

Our scanned Old Town records stop at 210999, or about 1975. Old Town stopped keeping records in the 1990s, I believe, but you could contact the customer service department at the Old Town Canoe Company and they may be able to provide a record. Serial number 235555 shipped in September 1989... maybe someone could speculate when yours was built, based on how many canoes OT produced each year.

Some information may be available via the other number you provided--- someone may jump in and explain if this is so.

A 15 foot OT canoe is probably a trapper/lightweight/featherweight model. Please reply here if you can't get any answers... folks here can give you information based on pictures.

Kathy
 
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