Carleton Canoe Company

 

Bow Carry Thwart - Usually present on Carleton Canoes is a semicircular carry thwart in the bow, just aft of the bow deck (except on long-decked examples.

Serial Number Format - After acquisition by the Old Town Canoe Company, serial numbers followed the Old Town 4 or 5 + 2 format. If your Old Town build record doesn't match your canoe, ask Old Town to send the record of the same number from the Carleton files. Carleton Canoes can be dated using the serial number chart.

Diamond Head Bolts - Diamond head bolts may be present on Carleton Canoes built after Old Town Canoe Company's acquisition of Carleton Canoe Co.

Carleton Canoe Models

LengthBeamDepthNotes
Penobscot (Carleton) Model (1905-1910)
1530½11¾ 
163212 
1731½12 
183412½ 
1935½12 
Carleton Model (1912-1914)
153411¾ 
163412½ 
1734¼12 
183513 
1937½12 
Carleton Model (1916-1923)
153412 
163412 
173512½ 
1835½13 
1936½13 
LengthBeamDepthNotes
Open Gunwale Canoe (1908-10)
1632  
1731¼  
1834  
Open Gunwale Canoe (1912-1914)
163412 
1734¼12 
183512½ 
1937½13Added 1914
Open Gunwale Canoe (1916-1941)
163412 
173512½ 
1835½13 
1936½13Last offered 1923
LengthBeamDepthNotes
Guide's Model (1905-10)
183612 
193713 
Guide's Model (1912-1914)
1835½12 
1937½12 
203813 
Guide's Model (1916-1934)
1835½13 
1936½13Last offered 1923
2037½14 
Guide's Model (1936-1941)
183613 
203914 
 
War Canoe (1910-1923)
254314 
35411438' prior to 1910
War Canoe (1924-1941)
254114½ 
344415 

Notes:

Special Elegance and Special Canoes (1912-1913): Special Elegance built on Carleton Model with mahogany trim and 36" decks. Special Canoe same as Special Elegance but with standard length decks.

Indian Princess (1914-1941): Built to same model as Carleton Model (1914-1923) or Open Gunwale Canoe (1924-1941) but with mahogany gunwales, thwarts, decks, seats, etc. The "fancy" model.

Further Exploration

Carleton Canoes. Reprint of 1910 Catalog available from Wooden Canoe Heritage Association.

A complete set (we believe) of Carleton catalogs can be found on our Historic Wood Canoe and Boat Company Catalog CDROM.