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Found this one in the rain on Rte 25 in Cornish, Me. It looked funny on my wife's Corolla. The # is 51408 17' Any info. is appreciated.
The Old Town canoe with serial number 51408 is 17 foot long, AA (top) grade, Otca model with western red cedar planking, open mahogany gunwales, 20 inch decks in mahogany, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, outside stems, a floor rack and a brass bang plate along the full length of the keel. It was built between January, 1918 and April, 1919. The original exterior paint color was black with a gold letter "S" on the black in the right and left sides of the bow and a palm green border stripe with a half inch gold stripe and turned down ends separating the colors. This may have looked similar to the one shown at which was known as the design number 10. It shipped on April 10th, 1919 to Providence, Rhode Island. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the thumbnail image attached below.

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Thank you very much Benson. The seller said it was a 1917 but it had aluminum stem bands so I did not know what to think. I will paint it the original colors because I go it red. I have almost finished the stripping and the hull seems sound for it's age. It will be my first new canvasing. I was very happy to hear about the "S". Thanks again.