Old Town Square Stern


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Hello, I am new to the Forum and am in the process of refinishing an Old Town Square Stern. As I understand the boat is a 1956 16 foot. The serial number is 151917 16. I was looking if anyone had any information on it. Thanks in advanced


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Someone will post a build record for you.
Thought I’d throw out some photos of one I did in 2018. I think it was a 1938. The look pretty good all spiffed up.


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Beautiful boat. My father in law just bought that same exact motor that he is restoring for an old hydroplane. Did you re-canvas the canoe or use glass. I plan to re-canvas and re varnish the inside.
Yes it is canvassed. Good call on canvas!
Glass spells slow death to wooden watercraft.
It was a complete restoration, including sponsons.
I like what you did on the stern with the border and the plate for the motor. What did you use for wood?
I used mahogany for the transom trim and motor mount. I also made mahogany floor racks, and replaced the rotten spruce keelson with mahogany, too.


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Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town with serial number 151917 is a 16 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, square stern model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. It was built between November, 1948 and March, 1949. The exterior paint color was dark green with a G.S. (Guide's Special or lighter) green bottom. It was shipped on April 12th, 1949 to Caribou, Maine. A scan showing this build record can be found below.

This scan and several hundred thousand more 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 donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/about-wcha to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/store/membership to join.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer this description doesn't match. Feel free to reply if you have any other questions. Good luck with the restoration,