The Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes Traveling Exhibit developed by New York Sea Grant will be installed at The State University of New York at Albany Gallery, 353 Broadway, Albany, from May 4 to May 27, 2016. Admission to the exhibit from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday is free.
The Great Shipwrecks exhibit features shipwrecks spanning more than 200 years across New York State. Ten interpretive panels highlight fascinating details about the historic underwater wrecks and landscapes in Lake Erie, Ontario, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River. A miniature replica of the ‘turtle ship’ Radeau, North America’s oldest warship purposely sunk by the British in Lake Champlain in 1758, was made specifically for this exhibit.
The exhibit also includes an aquatic ROV, remotely operated vehicle, provided by the Great Lakes Research Consortium, and one of the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign educational vessels for 2016.
New York Sea Grant first developed the Great Shipwrecks exhibit to be the 2014 Great New York State Fair Signature Exhibit in the New York State mini-park at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Among the hosts for exhibit to date are Tyler Art Gallery, a teaching gallery regularly used by art classes and museum studies students at SUNY Oswego, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, Vermont.
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New York Sea Grant coordinated the Great Shipwrecks exhibit development in partnership with the Great New York State Fair, Great Lakes Research Consortium, and Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, H. Lee White Marine Museum, National Aquatics Services, Mexico, NY, Cub Scouts and others participated in the State Fair exhibit. Federal funding for The Great Shipwrecks exhibit was secured through a Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway grant.
New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark, and at SUNY Oswego. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities visit their website.
Photo of The Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes exhibit courtesy of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.