Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Antique Boat Museum


















The biggest attraction for us onshore in Clayton was the Antique Boat Museum. It covers almost 5 acres and focuses on the boats used in the region over the more than 100 years. There is a permanent exhibit on speedboats, boat construction and restoration. We spent some time watching how the Wild Goose is being rebuilt. Originally built in 1915, it will be better than new when the job is done.

The collection is very impressive and for those interested in old wooden boats, many hours will be spent studying the fine examples in display.

We took the tour of the Le Duchesse, a huge barge style houseboat built originally for George Boldt. Boldt is perhaps best known here for building the Boldt Castle on Heart Island, Just off Alexander Bay, NY. This vessel served as an active residence for over 100 years.

The museum is a great way to learn about the history of the area and the vessels that were used.

9 comments:

Donna K said...

That looks like a great museum. Would love to see the boats and learn their history.

Katie said...

Looks like fun.. the houseboat looks really cool!

Sue & Doug said...

great workmanship!..they sure don't build them like that anymore!!!..and if they do they cost a few $$$$$

Judy and Emma said...

I would have never thought of visiting a boat museum. Interesting.

Rick and Paulette said...

Quite the boat museum. I'd love to visit it one day. Thanks for posting all the great pics.

Gail and Rick (Gypsy Turtles) said...

Rick would love to see that museum! Those wood boats are a work of art.

Thanks for the tour.

Kevin & Sheryl said...

We were just watching a show on hand made wooden boats, the way they used to be made. The post just drove home how beautiful they are compared to new ones. Like your header pic also.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Some of those boats look newer than some of the boats we sailed on during our CG careers! ;c)

E Squared and Mui said...

Don't know much about boats, but this place looks like it would not only be educational, but a photographer's dream with all those lines and colors.