Ot # 43573

Lew's Canoes

Canoe Builder
Please post Build Record for OT # 43573. This should be a 17 foot , open gunnel, CS grade canoe, possibly an OTCA. If this is not a match please try 43673 - figures are very faint in both ends of the canoe. Thanks, LEW
Hi, Lew--

Seems Old Town 43573 is the correct record (43673 is an 18 foot IF model). 43573 is a 17 foot CS grade Otca, built between June and August of 1916. It was planked in red Western cedar, has open spruce gunwales and birch decks, thwarts, and seat frames. It was fitted with a keel and painter ring, painted dark green and shipped to Morton Crowell (I think) in Hammonton, New Jersey on October 9, 1916.

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Thank You

Thanks, Kathryn. Looks like we have a match. I will be speaking with the owner of this nice old canoe about a restoration project, which will start with a fiberglass stripping project!! LEW