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1919 Old Town Charles River SOLD
Possibly the most elegant model ever produced by the Old Town Canoe Company, the classic upswept ends of this canoe are readily apparent both on land and in the water. The Charles River canoes were highly regarded for their speed and stability as well as for their graceful lines. They are particularly well suited for use on rivers and smaller lakes. At 18 feet long the Charles River model has capacity for 4 people along with gear for a day trip. This 'AA' grade canoe possesses some of the finest Caribbean mahogany that we've had the pleasure to restore. This mahogany was from original island stocks before they were depleted and harvesting moved to Central America during the 1920's. The period 'wide fan' seat back as shown in the photos below is included with the canoe.


Photos:
1919 Old Town Charles River

1919 Old Town Charles River 1919 Old Town Charles River


Canoe Statistics:
Original Owner:
Edward K. Allen
Alton Bay, New Hampshire
Delivery Date:
July 29, 1919
Serial Number:
54846 18
Beam (maximum):
36.5 inches
Weight:
95 lbs.
Color:
Dark Green
Length:
18 feet
Grade:
A.A.
Depth (amidships):
12 inches


Woods:
Ribs:
Eastern White Cedar
(clear)
Planking:
Western Red Cedar
(clear)
Gunwales:
Mahogany
Decks:
17" Mahogany
Thwarts:
Mahogany
Keel:
1 " White Ash


Seats:
Bow & Stern:
Hand-caned Mahogany


More Photos:

1916 Old Town OTCA canoe 1916 Old Town OTCA canoe


Restoration Details:
  • Stembands and Hardware - all original
  • Woods - all original
  • Exterior Hull - New #10 canvas, 4 coats of canvas filler, 3 coats of Interlux Epoxy Primecoat primer, 3 coats of Interlux Perfection in dark green
  • Interior Hull - 6 coats of Epifanes clear gloss varnish covered with 3 coats of satin varnish
  • Seats, Gunwales, Thwarts and Decks - 10 coats of Epifanes clear gloss varnish
  • Seat back - Spruce with original 'black pre-1920' Old Town decal. 4 coats of satin varnish

Defects Still Present:

  • There is a cracked rib in the 4th position aft of the bow thwart. Rather than replace the entire rib
    (the color never matches) we repaired it on the exterior side by inlaying a steel plate behind the crack and affixing it with screws, tacks and epoxy. We've stress tested this method and found it to outperform an original intact rib when bent horizontally. All that can be seen now is a hairline crack.
  • A 2.5" section of the outwale has been worn down near stern deck. We've smoothed it although it is still apparent.
  • This canoe was originally supplied with a floor rack which is no longer with the unit.


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