The Old Town canoe with serial number 46686 is a 16 foot long, CS grade, square stern model with red western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, wood(?) decks, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack, and sponsons. It was built between November, 1916 and January, 1917. The original exterior paint color was dark red with a black stripe and arrow heads on the ends and may have been similar to the image attached below. It shipped on March 26th, 1917 to Indianapolis, Indiana. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.
This scan was 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 http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I am glad that you have recently renewed 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 when it is time to renew again.
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.
Thanks for the quick reply, Benson. From the little I know, however, this is probably not a match (square stern, sponsons, etc). I will probably come to you again after I can get a look at the canoe. My guess is my friend mis-read the SN, or its not an Old Town.
Don in Vermont
Hello again Benson,
As I suspected, my friend misread the serial number on what indeed seems to be a relatively early Old Town canoe. The correct number is 46586-16. Can you post the build record for that boat?
We'll give Benson a break here and I will jump in.
This canoe was shipped on July 3, 1917 (almost ready for a birthday) to New York City as a "Livery" model in CS grade. It featured western red cedar planking, spruce gunwales and birch seats, thwarts & decks. It also had a keel and the origninal color was dark green. The build record is attached.