Ot sn 16 124696


Curious about Wooden Canoes
I am considering purchasing a restoration project with this SN. Can you provide information on this canoe. Thank you as always.

Greg Nolan

The Old Town canoe with serial number 124696 is shown as 16 feet long, AA (top) grade, Yankee model with , open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, seats, and thwarts, and equipped with a keel, outside stems, a full-length bang plate, and a floor rack. The canoe was built between March 1938 and May 1940. The original exterior paint is shown as design no. 10. It was shipped to Syracuse, New York on May 11, 1940. A letter from Mansfield, Massachusetts inquiring about this canoe was received by OT on September 23, 1985. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail images attached below.

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This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. 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/about-the-wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://store.wcha.org/WCHA-New-Membership.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.


Andrew W

Curious about Wooden Canoes
This canoe is up for sale, again. It was posted for $300, but the seller said they just called Old Town and was told the value is $3-3.5k so he is going to relist it closer to $2k. I would've picked it up at the original $300, but personally don't need another canoe badly enough to pay much more than that. Hopefully it goes to a good home!



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Todd F

Lifetime Member
In the above picture notice the small round items placed 1" apart both in front of the stern seat and behind the bow seat and embedded into the floor rack

Michael Grace

Lifetime Member
Never seen these before. Home-made I'd bet, and it looks like the numbers and associated lines are spaced at 1" intervals... maybe made for measuring fish?

Todd F

Lifetime Member
That was my thought. My son thinks they are "cool beans". I have a feeling I will need to set this one aside to restore with him.

Andrew W

Curious about Wooden Canoes
Anyone ever see these before?
Something similar on my latest acquisition.. These rivets were stamped with a small star instead of numbers.

As for their placement.. they were securing the ends of the bilge keels; 3 at each end, spaced every rib. My canoe had been recanvassed, and I’m assuming they were not from the factory. They were quite the pain to remove; you can see in the picture I ended up chipping part of the rib because the heads were sunk well into the wood.



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