Old Town War Canoe

Paul Dwyer

Curious about Wooden Canoes
I have an Old Town War Canoe serial # 109000 can you provide manufacturing history?

Thank you,

The Old Town with serial number 109000 is a 16 foot long, CS grade, double ended boat with western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, and a keel. It was built between January and April, 1931. The original exterior paint color was maroon. It shipped on May 21st, 1931 to Locke's Mills, Maine.

A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the attached thumbnail image below. This scan was created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve this information 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.

This may not be your canoe if it is much longer than 16 feet. Let me know which digit is the least clear if this is the case.

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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Thank you for the response. The canoe is definately 25'. The second to last digit was the least clear, it is possible it was a 6. Also the 9 could be a 6 if I was reading the serial number upside down. The canoe is on a rack in the garage.


I was not able to find any 25 foot war canoes in the 1060xx or 1090xx ranges. The database has all of the 1xx000 numbers identified and none of these show a war canoe model either. You may want to try a flashlight at a very low angle to emphazise the shadows or a crayon with paper like a grave stone rubbing. Reply here with what you find. Good luck,