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Curious about Wooden Canoes
I have a straight rib, closed gunwale canoe with 30 plus inch decks with a # 16 ---12048. Would you please, look it up for me.
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The Old Town canoe that was assigned 12048 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Charles River model canoe completed October 1909 to February 1910. It has red Western cedar planking, spruce double gunwales, long ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seat frames and a keel. It was originally painted New Haven green and shipped to Rochester, NY, on February 12, 1910. A copy of the scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger size.

If you're unsure if this could be your canoe, please upload a picture. If you use the "search" function, you should be able to find images of other double gunwale canoes. It's a different treatment of the closed gunwale system. I'd like to see it in a long deck... not sure if anyone has posted a picture of a long deck double gunwale OT.

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 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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Thank you, the canoe was purchased near Rochester, and the canvas may be original and still has green paint.The bow has a brass flag holder? And on the top of the gunwales have four pencil size brass lined holes, would they have been used for a canopy?
Sounds like you do have a pennant holder and canopy fittings-- feel free to post pictures (we like pictures). Sounds like a nice canoe!

The message and pictures at show the canopy fittings on my canoe. It appears that these were popular in the Rochester area. They were probably added after it left the factory since there is no mention of them on the build record. It would be interesting to see picutures of yours.