The National Lighthouse Museum’s Great Staten Island Lighthouse Boat Tour has been set for Sunday, September 15th, from 11 am to 2 pm. The tour will encircle Staten Island, looking at critical points of maritime interest and the historically rich Shooters, Prall, Hoffman and Swineburn Islands. [Read more…] about Great Staten Island Lighthouse History Boat Tour
Charles Breiner of Claryville is set to give a talk on the Spanish-American War on Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm, at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY.
Breiner will explain the role of Theodore Roosevelt before and during the war, why the battleship USS Oregon captured headlines for 67 days, and discuss some of the unintended consequences of the war that lasted well into the twentieth century. [Read more…] about Spanish-American War Talk in the Catskills
Friends of the USS Slater are set to commemorate the 229th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard on Sunday, August 4 at 9 am with a ceremony aboard the ship in Albany. “Coasties” and their friends and families are invited to attend.
The United States Coast Guard, one of the country’s five armed services, is a unique agency of the federal government. The service was founded on August 4, 1790 when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. Known variously as the Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew. [Read more…] about Coast Guard Birthday at USS Slater in Albany
When the fugitive William Lyon MacKenzie arrived in Buffalo Dec. 11, 1837, both the Lake Erie city and the United States were at the dawn of great expansion. The Erie Canal had been completed a decade earlier, and Buffalo was now the gateway for western migration.
There also was talk of expansion to the nation’s south. Just a year earlier, American frontiersmen had taken up arms and carved the Republic of Texas out of Mexico Could northern expansion also be part of America’s destiny? If not expansion, could Americans at least help their neighbors throw off the last English claim on North America? [Read more…] about The Patriot War: ‘Remember the Caroline’
On June 17, 1909 the Broadalbin Herald newspaper reported on a canal boat that sunk in Fort Hunter that was loaded with 240 tons of salt. The barge, George Bleistein had been hauling the salt in a “double header” (both barges being towed together) along with the Col. J.H. Horton. Both barges were from Buffalo and captained by George H. Ray of Port Byron. The George Bleistein sank ON the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct.
Reportedly, a steam pump and diver were required to raise the boat and the cargo was thought to be a total loss. The bags of salt were consigned to The International Salt Company of New York, which continues today in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. [Read more…] about A Sunken Buffalo Canal Barge, A Coal Baron, A Canal Diver & A Publisher
Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery, a presentation by Great Lakes shipwreck explorer Jim Kennard, has been set for Thursday August 1st, 2019 at 6:30 pm, at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
Kennard’s presentation includes stories of long-lost shipwrecks and their underwater exploration. [Read more…] about Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario Talk At Sackets Harbor
Paris-based documentary director Tal Zana is seeking amateur photographs and films that show the liner Normandie in the New York City harbor between 1935 and 1942.
The Normandie was a popular sight at the time, so it is probable it was photographed by New-Yorkers and tourists who had the proper equipment. For this documentary, the filmmaking team is especially interested in showing photographs and films that haven’t been seen by the general public before. [Read more…] about Documentarian Seeking Images of SS Normandie
The canal schooner Lois McClure, an 88′ full-scale replica based on shipwrecks of the mid-19th century discovered in Lake Champlain, takes to the water, starting this weekend.
In 2019, the Lois will celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, sharing the history, ecology, and conservation story of Atlantic salmon in the Champlain watershed. [Read more…] about Schooner Lois McClure Celebrating Champlain Salmon
The National Lighthouse Museum has announced “The Great Staten Island Father’s Day Lighthouse Boat Tour,” set for Sunday, June 16, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Attendees will start at Pier 1 adjacent to the National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, St. George, Staten Island, and journey up the Kill Van Kull and the Arthur Kill waterways, over to Raritan Bay and Princes’s Bay Staten Island’s southern shore. [Read more…] about Unique Staten Island Lighthouse Boat Tour Planned
USS Slater is scheduled to open to the public on Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 am. This year will mark the ship’s 22nd season on the Hudson River in Albany, New York.
There have been tremendous changes to the ship since she first arrived, and the USS Slater is considered among the best restored and most historically accurate ships remaining from the Second World War. [Read more…] about USS Slater Opens April 3rd in Albany