Serial number request Old Towne 89834


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Found a wood and canvas old towne HW I think with a serial number 89834. Wanted to know more about its history, and also curious as to what other people might think about how I intend to use it. Hoping to use it as an overnight river runner and would probably take it down a few rapids. Looking forward to learning how to do some backcountry patchwork.


Welcome, the Old Town canoe with serial number 89834 is a 16 foot long, CS (common sense or middle) grade Charles River model with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, ash decks, ash thwarts, ash seats, a keel, and a bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between February and April, 1926. The original exterior paint color was dark green. It was shipped on May 19th, 1926 to Waterloo, New York. A scan showing this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan and several hundred thousand more 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. This should be a reasonable river running canoe if you are careful. Silver duct tape can be a good short term solution for patching small canvas tears. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Have fun,



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