Carleton? Serial no. 15029 18 or 15028 18.

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  1. Dirigo Rob

    Dirigo Rob New Member

    Many years back I rescued an 18' woody roadside in Gardiner, Maine. It has a curved short carrying thwart and heart shaped decks as described for older Carletons, and is a capped gunwale design. Serial number on both bow and stern stems is either 15029 18 or 15028 18 as best I can tell. Measures out with 34" beam and 12" depth amidships. The shape is slightly rounded and looks fast. Its been glassed unfortunately, but it was a poor job and looks like I can lift it off for recanvassing. I'd love to know more about what I rescued and plan to bring back. Great resource youhave set up. Thanks very much, Rob.
  2. smallboatshop

    smallboatshop Restorers

    Hi Rob, Your Carleton is 15029. An 18' CS (Common Sense or Middle) grade with Western Red Cedar planking, spruce gunwales, birch decks, thwarts and seat frames. It was built in 1920, fitted with a keel, painted dark red and sold to C E Cobb in Denmark, Maine. The Cobb's owned and operated two camps on Moose Pond - Winona Camps for Boys which is in Bridgton and Wyonegonic Camps for girls in Denmark (the oldest continuously operating girls camp in the country).
    The office was in Denmark, hence the delivery address. The dark red color meant that it was probably destine for Winona. More info Here: Winona - and Wyonegonic -

    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 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. Providing photographs would help with identification, as would an accurate measurement of the boat's



    Daniel Eaton

    smallboat shop

    Denmark, Maine 15029-18 Carleton.jpg
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    Dirigo Rob

    Dirigo Rob New Member

    Thanks very much for your prompt and highly informative summary of my canoe's heritage. I'm very impressed with your data and will certainly join the association. I'm looking forward to restoring the boat.
    Best, Rob

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