Request for Info on Serial # 126941 18

Tom T

New Member
My wife recently bought Serial #126941 18 at a garage sale. It seems to be in pretty good conditon but we would like to learn more about it. Thanks.
Hi Tom,

Old Town 126941 is a 16 foot CS grade Otca. Check the serial number again, on both stems, and compare. If you are certain of the serial number and length (18 feet), post a picture so we can be certain what you have is an Old Town. The canoe with this serial number shipped in 1941, by the way.

Looking forward to finding the correct record! A cool garage sale find, to be sure.

#126941 16


I checked the canoe again and it does read; #126941 16 The "6" on the "16" was hard to read and looked like an "18". According to your preliminary response it is a "CS grade Otca." What does that mean? Do you have any information on the original color, etc? I have also attached some photographs. How do I go about finding someone in Upstate NY (Lake George Region) that might be able to restore the canoe?

Thanks again,



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Looks like the right boat! Old Town 126941 is a 16 foot CS (common sense, or mid-grade) Otca model canoe finished from March to July of 1939. It has open spruce gunwales and was fitted with a keel and floor rack. Trim wood isn't specified, but CS grade is any hardwood except mahogany and is often ash. The canoe was originally painted dark red with a hair line stripe-- probably below the gunwale. It wouldn't have said "Old Town" on the side. It was shipped to L. Bamberger and Co. of Newark, NJ, on March 10, 1941.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. 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 if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

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.

More information on the Old Town Company can be found in Sue Audette's book, "Old Town, Our First Hundred Years", which is available through the WCHA store and most booksellers, eBay, Amazon, and public libraries.

I will also attach information on the Otca model from the 1941 Old Town catalog, courtesy "The Complete Old Town Canoe Campany Catalog Collection, 1901- 1993", available on CD from and on the web.



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