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I would appreciate the build record on this canoe. It originally had sponsons. It is presently missing a good part of both bows and either a beaver or shark has taken a big bite out of one side but it has potential.

Many thanks. R.C.
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The Old Town canoe with serial number 173663 is an 18 foot long Otca model with a keel and sponsons. It was built between January, 1964 and June, 1965. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It shipped on August 5th, 1965 to Penngrove, California. A scan showing this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. 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. Good luck with the restoration and let us know if you find any shark teeth.



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Tale of a Too-Far-Gone Canoe

Last spring, Denis and I investigated the remains of an abandoned canoe that was returning to the earth. We pulled off the one remaining deck and a piece of stem that held a serial number and took it to the assembly last year. Low and behold, it turned out to be a 1916 Kennebec Kineo. We have those pieces in a box, along with a picture of the canoe as it looked in the catalog... sort of a memorial to a canoe that probably held some special memories.

A cool thing about w/c canoes is not only the fact that they can be "brought back" again and again, but if you let them go, their remains don't live forever in a landfill. There's poetry in that.
if you are really determined

anything is possible.
And I know it's debatable as to when to let it go back to dust, but each has its own persona and is someone's faithful friend. Some folks will do whatever it takes to get faithful friend back together again.

That reminds me, I promised a photo of a planter canoe near me. I better get busy.


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