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.