Old Town Canoe-#148996-17

John M. Kimpel

Curious about Wooden Canoes
Just picked up an Old Town Canoe today and was checking to see if I could get build record information and some history. Told previous owner (for 35 years) that I would get some history of the canoe for him. Canoe has been in climate control storage for last 24 years and is in excellent condition except for 3-small puncher holes. Would like to use the canoe is a couple weeks at a WCHA outing and would appreciate any tips on repairing the small holes (1/8" wide and 3/4" long) or should this be another forum question? Thanks for your time and help. John Kimpel-Member #7018
The Old Town canoe with serial number 148996 is a 17 foot, CS grade, HW (Heavy Water) model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, and a keel. It was built between June, 1947 and January, 1948. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on March 7th, 1949 to Hackensack, New Jersey. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the thumbnail image attached below.

These scans 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/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 your canoe. The right way to repair a hole in the canvas is to replace the canvas. Silver duct tape can often be a good temporary solution or Ambroid cement with another small patch of canvas. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



  • 148996.gif
    28.1 KB · Views: 254
Last edited:

Thanks for your help and quick response. In regard to the small cuts, I'll try patching them and take Duct tape along on outing just in case. Have a great week!
John Kimpel:)