Old Town ID help...


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Can anyone get me the build sheet on this canoe. It belongs to a friend of mine. Old Town hull #139562
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Can you help me out on this one?
Old Town hull #139562. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Town 139562 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Otca model canoe that was completed March-June of 1944. This canoe was built during the time when war shortages necessitated changes in canoe construction, so if this is the correct record, your canoe may have slat seats instead of cane seats-- or may have cane seats that were not original to the canoe. The canoe may also have hardware that isn't copper or brass. If you have questions while restoring it, there are several people who post regularly who have had experience with "War Era" canoes.
The planking is red Western cedar and it has open spruce gunwales. Wood species of decks, thwarts, and seats isn't specified but could be any hardwood except mahogany-- commonly ash or birch on an Otca. The canoe should also have the typical Otca 20" deck with coaming. It was fitted with a keel and was originally dark green. It was shipped to Rochester Marine in Rochester, NY, on June 16, 1944-- so a b-day is right around the corner.

A copy of the scan of this record is attached below-- click on it for a larger-than-life 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.

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.

More information on the Old Town Company can be found in Sue Audette's book, Old Town, Our First Hundred Years, which is available through the WCHA store and most booksellers, eBay, Amazon, and public libraries.



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Here are some pics of the canoe listed above. Belongs to a friend. He had someone do the restoration work for him about 12 years ago. This is the one that got me interested in taking on a project of my own!