OT Guide Canoe

Tranoe

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I have an Old Town Canoe which is 18 feet in overall length and is 35 1/2" wide amidships at the gunwale. The serial number, which is located on both the for and aft inside stems , is 111355. Can you tell me anything about the building of this canoe?
Thanks,

Tranoe
 
The Old Town canoe with serial number 111355 is an 18 foot long, CS grade, Guide's model with Western red cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, 16 inch birch decks, birch trim, and a keel. It was built between February, 1932 and June, 1933. The original exterior paint color was GS (Guide's Special) gray. It shipped on August 18th, 1933 to Ashville, Maine. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the thumbnail image attached below.

These scans 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/catalogs/old-town/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.html 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.

Benson
 

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Dear Benson,

Thanks very much for the information on the 18' Old Town guide canoe. I'm very confident in the information received is for the canoe I have, as the original owner was my wife's grandfather. It was from him that we received the canoe. The one small bit of confusion I have relates to the color. The build record indicates the color was "G.S. Gray" and in fact the canoe is gray (at least topside, below the waterline is finished bright) but you say the original color is green to which the "G.S" refers. Can you sort me out on this minor confusion?

Thanks,

Tranoe
 
You are correct and the confusion is mine. I looked quickly at the color and didn't notice that your canoe's original color is G. S. (Guide's Special) gray and not the more common G. S. (Guide's Special) green. The original posting has now been edited. Let me know if this doesn't clear up the confusion.

Benson
 
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