Old Town Built Request

Steve Sutter

Curious about Wooden Canoes
Could someone please enlighten me on canoe # 65764 17. This canoe is in need of some serious restoration work. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

Steve Sutter
The Old Town canoe with serial number 65764 is a 17 foot long, AA (top) grade, Molitor model with red western cedar planking, closed spruce gunwales, 24 stern and 36 bow inch decks in mahogany, mahogany trim, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between April and June, 1921. The original exterior paint color was bright red with a black stripe. It shipped on June 21st, 1921 to Chicago, Ill. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

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.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. The images at http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=4175 show what it can look like after a restoration. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Yours sounds like a great one.



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If you'd like several pages of background information on the Molitor, email me directly at kathrynklos@gmail.com. You may also want to use the "search" function above and put in a search for "molitor".