OT 50lb #147087 15


May I have the build record for this canoe. It was in perfect shape until it fell off a rack during loading. Eight broken ribs, shattered outwale but no damage to the canvas, no leaks. That white lead is good stuff.

Many thanks for all your help. R.C. Cross
The Old Town canoe with serial number 147087 is a 15 foot long, AA grade, fifty pound model with white Maine cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, mahogany trim with cane seats, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between November, 1946 and January, 1947. The original exterior canvas covering was painted dark green. It shipped on February 1st, 1947 to Norwich, Conn. The back side of the card indicates that came back for repairs and refinishing in August of 1947. Scans showing both sides this build record can be found by following the links behind the attached thumbnail images below.

These scans and several hundred thousand more were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well by now. 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.

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 repairs.



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Thanks once again, Benson. I should probably send the canoe back to OT for another round of repairs.

Interesting repair record on the back of the card. It looks like they took the canvas off, repaired planking and then, apparently, put the same canvas back on as they sanded the paint and repainted two days later. Redoing the canvas along the stems must have been a hoot.
When a canoe is only a year old removing the canvas may be possible. On inspection of the trimmed strip of rotten canvas with 53 year old tacks under the broken outwale it was obvious it was not coming off in one piece. Remarkably the canvas at the turn of the bilge that took the full force of the fall to the pavement came out without a scratch.