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ghost paddler

Curious about Wooden Canoes
hi benson,just dragged home 2 more #1 25 ft. war s/n 79307 #2 serial # 153040 16. also the sheet you sent for s/n 34673 17 all matches except the canoe has open gunnels. are there often differences in build sheet and finised canoe?? thank you. mike
Hi Mike,

Old Town 79307 is a 25 foot CS (common sense, or middle) grade war canoe with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, 30 inch birch decks, a keel, outside stems, and a floor rack. It was completed June and July of 1923 and was originally painted dark green. It shipped to Weirs, NH, on May 31, 1924.

Old Town 153040 is a 16 foot CS grade Yankee model canoe with red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, and a keel. It was completed June and July of 1949 and shipped February 28, 1950, to Pompton Plains, NJ.

There's interesting discussion of the Yankee model in the archives here, if you use the "search" function and put in Yankee.

My experience has been that the build sheets are accurate, and if your canoe has open gunwales and the record indicates otherwise, we may need to look for a different record... or someone modified the canoe.

The scans of these records are attached below-- click to get a larger image. These scans 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 and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to renew.

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.



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