Serial Number Request


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Old Town 75863 - 18. Just bought this wonderful old canoe on craig's list in central indiana. Just wondering when it was made and some of the history.

Thank you,
The Old Town canoe with serial number 75863 is an 18 foot long, CS (Common Sense or middle) grade, Otca model with open spruce gunwales, twenty inch birch decks, birch thwarts, birch seats, a keel and outside stems. It was built between January and February, 1923. The original exterior paint color was light green. It was shipped on February 26th, 1923 to Indianapolis, Indiana. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link at the attached thumbnail image below.

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 they could have another number or manufacturer if this description don't match the canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with the restoration,



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