Dave Wermuth

Who hid my paddle?
This old canoe showed up. Can I get the details? Certain it's old Town but has been fixed up along the long path back to dirt.

60102 15.

The Old Town canoe with serial number 60102 is a 15 foot long, CS grade, fifty pound model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, birch decks, birch trim, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between March and June, 1920. The original exterior paint color was light green. It shipped on June 11th, 1920 to Groton, Massachusetts. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others as you probably know well. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at 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 to learn more about the WCHA and 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.



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Very exciting.

Benson, thank you so much.

Memory being what it is, Emory said his father had the canoe when he was in school in 1919. Emory Clark, that is. Turns out it was 1920. Wow.