wooden old town canoe


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I have a 17' wooden old town canoe serial number 139895. what would it be worth according to grade such as very fine to as good as new condition?
Old Town #139895 was a 17-food AA (or top grade) HW model canoe built in 1944 and shipped to Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania. It had open ash gunwales, and ash decks, thwarts, and seats. It had a keel with a bang plate that ran the full length. It also had sponsons, a floor rack, and outside stems. Its original color was dark green with a Guide Special Green bottom.

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 http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ 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 http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

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thanx Norm

Thanx for the info and description of the canoe. It matches my canoe perfectly right down to the two-tone green colour. The paint is either in new condition or repainted.
The interior, seats, ribs, thwarts, sponsons and floor rack are pristine. Alson included are the original paddles. It is completely water worthy as I've launched it on French Creek, NW Pennsylvania.


Sounds like it hasn't migrated very far in its 65 years. Got any pictures?

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I have pictures, that is, regular 35mm prints but have no way to translate them to email at this time. I don't have plans to sell it at this time, but would like to have an idea what it's worth within a reasonable range of value for one being in almost perfect condition.