Otca 18'

winola

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Just acquired this great old canoe with sponsons. Any help finding out the history of this boat would be appreciated. Serial # 113618.
Thanks, great site.
 
Hi Winola,

Old Town 113618 is an 18' CS (common sense or middle) grade Otca model canoe that was completed February-- May of 1934. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seat frames, a keel, sponsons, and originally had #4 design. The canoe was shipped to Andover, NJ, on May 10, 1934. A copy of this record is attached below; click on it to get a larger image.

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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.

Here is a discussion regarding design #4, which can also be seen on a thirties Otca on the 2011 WCHA calendar, still available through the WCHA store (at a marvelously low reduced price for something with such great pictures):

http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=6444&highlight=town+design

Sounds like a nice canoe!
Kathy
 

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