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Name Old Town Canoe Company
Role Boat Builder

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Rowboat

Wood-Canvas Rowboat .1b and c are oars. L: 16' 1"B: 45"Wt.: 141 lbs. Built by the Old Town Canoe Company, Old Town, Maine, 1926 The Old Town Company made its name in canoes, but did build some small rowboats and outboard motorboats using the same wood-canvas construction as the in the canoes. "Here are the good qualities of a wooden boat without the disadvantages of a wooden boat," the claimed in their catalog. The museum has two of their rowboats, this one and 70.177.9. Two grades were available; this one was CS grade, "for general use where superior finish is not desired....a common-sense canoe of guaranteed dependability." It originally had a rudder, four seats, two backre

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Rowboat

Wood-Canvas Rowboat and one oar. L: 16' 1"B: 51"Wt: 182 lbs Built by the Old Town Canoe Company, Old Town, Maine, 1929 The owners of this boat must have been looking for a good boat for children. It is so heavily built that little skippers could hardly damage its structure, and its sponsons make it practically un-tippable--at least according to the manufacturer. Sponsons, a $22 option, are the separately-canvassed longitudinal air chambers attached to each side just below the outwales and became popular on wood-canvas canoes and rowboats like this one. "The shallow draft offers exceedingly slight resistance to the water, making it an easy boat for women and children to handle.

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Canoe

Hunting Canoe L: 10' 6"B: 27"Wt: 18 1/2 lbs Built by the Old Town Canoe Company, Old Town, Maine, 1960 "Here is a fine piece of equipment for those who enjoy fishing or hunting remote mountain ponds or other small bodies of water otherwise inaccessible to the sportman." Although these words sound like they were written by J.H. Rushton in the 1880s, they actually describe this fiberglass canoe offered by the Old Town Canoe Company 80 years later. The need for certain types of boats does not change. Nor does the usefulness of a good design change. This boat is meant to be a copy of Rushton's Wee Lassie. What does change is the technology by which boats are made and, consequently, t

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Motorboat, Outboard

Wood-Canvas Step Plane Model Outboard Hydroplane (floorboards b-c and d-e are in boat) L: 13' 11"B: 4' Built by the Old Town Canoe Company, Old Town, Maine, 1928 For Adirondackers who couldn't afford to race a boat like Skeeter or El Lagarto there was outboard racing. Races for stock boats like this one were held as part of regattas throughout the region and provided excitement between the heats of the Lake George Gold Cup races of the 1930s. Though not as big or as fast as the Gold Cup boats, outboard craft were exciting enough for many. An advertisement contemporary with this boat claimed, "THE OUTBOARD HYDROPLANE IS THE FASTEST DETACHABLE MOTOR CRAFT EVER BUILT. If you wan

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Canoe

25 ft. Old Town War Canoe built in Maine. (Serial #129859). It has one 30 1/2" deck (other missing) and one caned seat in stern. Five thwarts supported on the keelson by parts, and five plank seats. Outside keel 3/4" X 1" deep. Brass stembands fore and aft. Open gunwales. Canvas and paint finish. Original dark green color. Length: 25' Beam: 43" Weight:160 lbs. Owner acquired with property of Camp Paradox for Boys (Paradox Lake); boat was originally built for Camp Nawita. Extra-long canoes like this one initially became popular as club canoes in Canada in the late 1890s among men who like canoe racing but could not afford to own their own boats. Named "war canoes" in ref

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Canoe, Sailing

Wood-canvas sponson canoe rigged for sailing built by the Old Town Canoe Company. HW model, Grade AA. Painted red. Has leeboards and removable leeboard thwart, mast and spars for a lateen sail (2 came with boat, the original cotton and a modern dacron), rudder with lines and fittings for midships control. No paddle. L: 16' B: 40" a. hull b. mast 78 1/2" X 1 3/4" Wooden with brass sheave in the top c. Lateen spars, 115" long, wood. d. Dacron Lateen sail (Location as of 2/08 is CSM02C09) e. cotton lateen sail f. set of leeboards: thwart (2 parts) and 2 leeboards with bolds and nuts. Starboard lever-nut missing and has been replaced with a standard nut and washer

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Canoe

Grade AA HW model wood-canvas sponson canoe with two seats and one set of oarlocks. Long mahogany decks, mahogany gunwales and trim. Seats are leather with a drainhole in the center of each. Varnished interior, dark green exterior. She was originally named WELLESLEY butthe name is no longer visible. The original seats were caned. Brass oarlocks are mounted on brass plates mounted on mahogany pads on the top of the sponson. Each brass plate has a spindle which fits into a hole in the oarlock and is held in place by a collar cast into the plate. Oarlock pivots on the spindle and can be lifted off only when two partial flanges on it line up with openings in the collar. Oarlocks have a