Serial Number Meaning


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I purchased a canoe (color red) with the numbers 153052 16 on it. I know that the last two numbers tell the length but I would like to know what the other numbers can tell me.
Thank You, Hinckley
You probably have the 153,052nd canoe that was built by the Old Town Canoe Company. This is a 16 foot long, CS grade, Yankee model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, and a keel. It was built between June and July, 1949. The original exterior paint color was maroon. It shipped on May 29th, 1950 to Chatham, New York. 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. 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 for your speedy reply. I purchased the canoe in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, about 20 miles away from it's original shipping destination of Chatham, N.Y. I was told that it had spent the latter part of it's life at a summer camp in the area.