Old Town Canoe #26132


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my wife's grandfather had an Old Town Canoe, that we now own. Would like information as to year built and any other pertinent information. Serial #26132. Thank you!
Grandpa had a 17' CS (Commom Sense) grade Charles River model with open spruce rails, birch seats decks and thwarts, and a keel. Paint color is a bit unclear to me - WG? or NG? It was shipped to Coatesville PA in June 1913. Along with the order was 2 paddles, 2 seat backs and a slat chair. A copy of the build record is attached.

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


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Fun Stuff to Know and Tell...

Attached are some very cool images from the 1913 OT catalog, available on the catalog collection CD.


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old town canoe

thank you for your reply, but the canoe in question is 18 feet long and has mahogany deck and rails. i looked at the serial # again and it may be 26183 instead of 26132 - had to tell...thank you! duane
The build record for Old Town 26183 is found on scan #15944 of the records on CD. It's a 17 foot AA grade Otca with open mahogany gunwales and decks, and was fitted with a keel and a floor rack, painted NH (New Haven?) green and monogrammed per description on the build record. It was shipped via rail with two spruce paddles on June 17, 1913 to South Norwalk, Conn.

If this still doesn't appear to be your boat, we can keep poking around until we nail it! Remember, an Otca of this era had a longer deck than a Charles River-- I'll locate a picture from the catalog.



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This may be the right one!

Old Town 26182 is an 18 foot AA grade Charles River with Western red cedar planking, mahogany gunwales and decks, fitted with half-ribs and the double mahogany rails that I will include a picture of from the catalog. Sounds "almost Ideal" (that was a canoe-fart pun). The original paint color was white. It was shipped to Minneapolis, MN on 5/13/13.

I'll attach the record and then locate some fun catalog pics.



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Pictures from the catalog...

You should already find an image of the Charles River above someplace, but here's information on AA grade, half ribs, and the double gunwales. Note that the canoe wouldn't have had a floor rack with the half ribs. Also note how interesting it is to compare your canoe to the Ideal model. Now, add up all the little extras and see the total package price!

If this still doesn't fit the canoe you have, we can keep looking!


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