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Paul Miller

Canoe Nut

I am looking for the details of an OT with what looks like serial number:

Has sponsons and a sail rig.


April Fools Day Canoe

Hi Paul--

I don't intend to indicate this canoe is a joke-- it's just that it was shipped on April 1, 1953... after being finished that year from January-March.

Old Town 159175 is an 18 foot AA grade HW model canoe with half-ribs, keel, floor rack, sponsons, and rub rails. It was originally painted design #45, then shipped to a Gambles store in Clare, MI. No mention of a sail rig, but perhaps the folks at Gambles added that on and it was essentially original to the boat.

Does it still look pretty?

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. 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 anyone reading this will join or renew membership to 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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Thanks Kathy,

No it doesn't look that good. The canvas has been removed along with the sponsons. Sail rig is still with the canoe.

It is on ebay closer to you than to me, but so far going cheap.