Old Town 156937 is an 18 foot CS (common sense, or middle) grade Guide Special canoe that was completed December 1952--> April 1953. It has a keel and bilge keels and was originally painted guide special green. It was shipped April 9, 1953, to Ray's Canoe Livery in Grayling, MI. The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image.
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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.
Thank you for your efforts, but the serial number is 158937 without a doubt, it is an Old Town canoe 18' in length, but not the right canoe. If anyone has furhter information it would be greatly appreciated.
I made a typo in my explanation of your build record--- the record posted above is for canoe 158937. If you click on it, look in the upper right corner and you'll see the number is correct. If the record otherwise doesn't match your canoe, we can look further.
I do have an appointment to get new glasses, but this was an error related to my fingers...