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Any info on Old Town 166249 16 other than that it is 16 ft long. It has a crazy Native American paint trim detail that I was wondering if it is original.

Thanks in advance.

Hello, Bill--

Old Town 166249 is a 16 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Yankee model canoe completed April to June of 1957, with 16" decks (I think the commonly used deck is 16" so it would be interesting to know if your canoe has the typical Old Town deck or something different) it has half-ribs, outside stems, a keel and was originally bright red (no Indian design). It was shipped to Los Angeles, CA, on June 14, 1957. Image of 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 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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Forgot to add that the bow seat in the canoe was omitted and the canvas was a heavy grade-- customer's choice, don't know why. If the original canvas is still on, you will lighten the boat by choosing a lighter weight canvas.