serial numbers

Phil Lantagne

Curious about Wooden Canoes
when looking for serial numbers. what size and style should I be looking for on a oldtown boat/canoe . still looking no luck Phil


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thanks Benson, there are three marks approx. 1/4 inch tall. two together near the bolt hole and a 1/2 inch space between the next one. I believe the boat to be a 11ft. 4inch 1931 old town candin dighy. does the two ones together support that. also can a boat be identified through location or original owner. I posted photos on research and history forum under 1931 oldtown?? thanks agin Phil
The chart at indicates that an Old Town dinghy from 1931 should have a serial number in the 100000 range. You have also probably noticed that the Old Town dinghy with the telegraph code word of Candin was listed in the 1931 catalog as being 11' 4" long, 56 inches wide, and 51" at the transom and yet your message at indicates that yours is 11' 2" long, 58 inches wide, and 50" at the transom. There is no Old Town dinghy that matches these dimensions more closely and the lack of a six digit serial number leads me to guess that this might not be an Old Town dinghy. Nearly all of the major canoe builders offered their own version of a dinghy but a quick search has not come up with a better match for this exact size.

There is no easy way to search the Old Town or other builder's records by owner or location. You can buy your own copy of the records at if you want to search them yourself.

Let us know if you come up with something that looks like a six digit serial number near 100000 or have other questions.

again Benson I appreciat your time . I got the boat from the original owners great grand daughter. maybe more info. there. thanks Phil