Old Town Square Stern

Kathryn Klos

squirrel whisperer
Celestar recently posted a build request for an Old Town canoe and mentioned having another boat. She was unable to upload the pictures here, so she emailed them to me along with the serial number. I have her permission to share that information with everyone.

Here's what I said to Celestar:

"Old Town 170753 is a 16 foot square stern with a keel and outside stems that was painted Old Town yellow and shipped to Dolgeville, New York, on May 21, 1961. Does that seem right to you? "Outside stems" refers to the strip of wood on the outside edge of the bow that protects the boat (somewhat!) when someone heads into the dock. I'll attach the record here and if this looks like the right one to you, will post it in Forums."

She advised me that the record seemed right-- her family member lived near Dolgeville, NY. She will be looking for a new home for this canoe and plans to list in the classifieds on this website... she hopes only to find it a good home-- someone who'll fix 'er up.

Regarding scans of these Old Town records: Scans of approximately 210,000 records were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details.

Those reading this who have not already done so, please join WCHA or make a tax deductible contribution so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA, http://www.wcha.org/wcha_video.php to watch a 10 minute video about WCHA and our programs and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to join.



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Free to good home...

My thanks to Kathy for her help and advise getting the information I needed out to all of you. The Old Town canoe pictured is in need of an overhaul and a loving family. Please reply if you live in the Albany NY area and are interested in restoring this canoe. Thanks, Celestar (Carol)