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A 15 foot long Old Town Charles River model in AA grade with sponsons from 1906

Discussion in 'Canoe Photo Index' started by Benson Gray, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The pictures below show a 15 foot long Old Town Charles River model in AA grade with sponsons from 1906. It originally shipped to Abercrombie & Fitch Company. The page at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/models.html estimates that less than 700 examples of this model and length were built between 1906 and 1911.

    Benson
     

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  2. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Simply beautiful!
     
  3. chris pearson

    chris pearson Michigan Canoe Nut

    Awesome, yours Benson? Did Jerry get you the model paddles?
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Yes to both questions. Thanks,

    Benson
     
  5. millie_sass

    millie_sass Canoe anybody?

    15 feet is a great size for me! How much does it weigh?
     
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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I have not put this one on a scale yet so I don't know the exact weight. The 1906 Old Town catalog listed this model at 60 pounds and sponsons typically add about 30 pounds on a 16 foot long canoe so my guess is that this one is probably around 90 pounds in total.

    Benson
     
  7. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

    Benson,
    Have you considered removing the sponsons from that? It would be a really nice canoe without them:eek:
     
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  8. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    It is a really nice canoe with them -- :) -- Maine Canoe Symposium 2016:

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    Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I have briefly considered removing the sponsons and wouldn't be selling this canoe if it didn't have them originally. However, it is a very rare model in this length and the sponsons push it to near unicorn status so someone else can make that decision. My nature is to be conflict adverse so this is becoming a pattern for me. I once owned a wonderful Yankee model with an original design number four as shown at http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?attachments/2300/ and http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/241/ has the build record. It eventually started to leak too much for comfortable use on long trips so I sold it rather than face those restoration choices either.

    This Charles River model doesn't leak yet so the new owner can probably use it for some years and then decide if they want to put the sponsons back on after the restoration.

    Benson
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2018
  10. MGC

    MGC Paddlephile

    This one would be one that should remain as is..it is indeed a rare one... the pre-1910 Old Towns have a special quality.
    Later sponson canoes are so common that I can't imagine anyone getting too worked up about keeping them original but it really would be a shame for this canoe to be significantly changed.
    Faced with the choice I've sold all of the sponson canoes I've owned rather than restore them...by doing that I've avoided making the removal choice. No regrets so far.......
     

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