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Help Identifying Canoe

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by thePAyeti, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. thePAyeti

    thePAyeti New Member


    My father has an old wooden canoe which we believe may be an old town. However, we really know nothing about it except he received it from his father in law some time in the late 70's early 80's. He was about to get rid of it until it was suggested we find out what it really is.

    That being said, I've posted several pictures to help and a serial number was found 121083-17.

    Any information or help figuring out what we have would be a huge help! Thank you!

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  2. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    Welcome and congratulations, the Old Town canoe with serial number 121083 is a 17 foot long, AA (or top) grade, Otca model with open mahogany gunwales, mahogany decks, mahogany thwarts, mahogany seats, a keel, and a floor rack. It was built between March, 1937 and February, 1938. The original exterior paint color was bright red. It shipped on May 16th, 1938 to Paterson, New Jersey. A scan of this build record can be found below.

    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 will donate, join or renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See to learn more about the WCHA and to join.

    It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description don't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions. Good luck with the decision,


  3. OP

    thePAyeti New Member

    That's awesome!! Thank you so much Benson!

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