serial number information

mark pritchett

Curious about Wooden Canoes
Thanks to the recent issue, I was able to locate the serial number of our canoe. I hope you can help with its history.
Theserial number is 60637 and then there is a space of about an inch, maybe a little more, and 18.

Thanks for your help and Happy new Year to all!!

Mark Pritchett
The Canoe with # 60637 is on an 18 Otca in CS grade (Common Sense) but the notation on the record indicated it was shipped as a Guide model or maybe an HW (Heavy Water)? Benson may have to chime in here with an interpretation. It had oak seats, decks and thwarts, a keel and was painted Dark Green. It was shipped on June 24, 1920 to Riverside, NY. A copy of the build record is attached.

Scans of approximately 210,000 records were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at if you want more details. Please join WCHA or make a tax deductable contribution so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA, to watch a 10 minute video about WCHA and our programs and to join. If you are already a WCHA member, THANK YOU!

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.


  • 60637.gif
    32.4 KB · Views: 350
This is a bit of a mystery. It is not unusual for one model to be substituted for another, especially in the rush to complete a large order that would fill an entire railroad car. The Otca model was $4 more than either the Guide or HW model in 1920 so the customer probably didn't care. It is less clear if the customer had originally ordered an HW model, Guide's model, or an HW model with low ends like the Guide's model. This is really not important since it appears that you have a Otca model now regardless of what was originally ordered. Feel free to reply here if this isn't clear or you have any other questions. Happy New Year!

Thanks for the information on our canoe! Its great to know some of the history. I will post pictures of the project as time permits.