the history of my canoe #127544 17


Old Town 127544 is a 17 foot CS (common sense or middle) grade HW model canoe (completed April 1939-January 1940) that was shipped as a Carleton-- this means (from my understanding, that is) that the buyer ordered a Carleton and this canoe was shipped to fill that order. It has open spruce gunwales, a keel, sponsons, and was originally dark red. The wood species used for trim isn't mentioned, but would be any hardwood other than mahogany. The HW commonly is trimmed with ash or birch, but oak or maple are also possibilities. Planking is probably red Western cedar. The canoe was shipped to New Castle, Indiana, on July 8, 1940. An inquiry was made from Toledo, OH, on April 26, 1976. Copy of the scan of both sides of this record is below-- click to get a larger image.

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Dear Kathy,
A little more info... it was that my now deceased brother picked it up in Ohio and was told that it was made for the local Boy Scout Camp there. It was his wish to restore the canoe but because of his illness he was unable to do the restoration. I just would like to get it into a competent restorer's hands so it will complete my brother Dave's wishes. Thanks so much for your help.

Rick Marsh