Serial # 134957


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I now own my parent's 16' wood and canvas Old Town canoe that they gave to each other as a wedding gift in 1942. It is in excellent condition; with original paddles and cane seats. I am interested in any information you might have about this particular boat. The serial number on it is 134957. I believe it was purchased in western Pennsylvania. thanks for your help--it is a wonderful service!
Please re-check the serial number at both stems and compare... Old Town 134957 comes up as a 15 foot CS grade 50# model shipped to Detroit-- doesn't sound like your canoe! Pictures help too, in case this isn't an Old Town but a wood/canvas by another builder.

It's wonderful to have a family canoe with such great history.

Thanks for your very speedy reply. You are correct. The last number on the bow stem is not as clear as the one on the stern. The correct number is 134951. I did not realize the # appears on both stems. thanks again for your help.
Serial Number 134951

Old Town serial number 134951 was a 16-foot CS (common sense or middle) grade Otca with open spruce gunwales, and ash thwarts, seats and decks. It was shipped to Warren, Penn., on July 18, 1942. Originally the canoe was dark red in color.

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.



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Great! That is correct info and shows it was shipped to my Dad the summer after my parents were married. The canoe is still red, OT decal in perfect condition too. It just needs a new coat of paint and varnish. I have many wonderful memories of this canoe throughout my life. We are enjoying it again now that our kids are grown. Thanks so much for this info. I joined WCHA this morning and hope to learn more about these wonderful boats.
Thanks for going the extra distance on this Kathy. These images are really wonderful. I can't wait to share everything with my sister who also enjoyed this boat when we were growing up.