The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY is the most highly regarded nautical museum devoted to freshwater craft in all of North America. The museum is situated on a 4.5-acre campus in the 1000 Islands NY area of the St. Lawrence River. Hundreds of meticulously restored boats and literally thousands of artifacts will enchant and inspire visitors of all ages. In 2014, its 50th annual Boat Show will be held in early August.
The facility's first boat show was held in the 1960s, and additional land parcels were acquired in the 1970s to accommodate the growing and successful enterprise. Today, the Antique Boat Museum enjoys 1,900-ft of dockage along 1,300-ft of St. Lawrence River shoreline. Structures have been added to the point that there is now almost 30,000 sq-ft of exhibit space. The facility has rapidly evolved into a true national institution that honors the country's substantial maritime heritage.
The "Quest for Speed" was just finished in 2008. Learn about the entire history of North American boat racing. Check out record-setting hydroplanes and even Packard and Liberty airplane engines. The "Dixie II," the Gold Cup and Harmsworth Trophy recipient, is on display here.
The La Duchesse, a massive 106-ft houseboat allows visitors to experience the elegant river lifestyle of a century ago. The La Duchesse was built in 1903 for then then-manager of New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The luxurious summer residence is now open for tours on a limited basis in May, June, September and October.
The history of the "St. Lawrence Skiff" is thoroughly explored in another exhibit. This watercraft, indigenous to the river, was initially developed for fishermen. Over time, it also became a pleasure craft, a family utility boat and even a racing boat. A selection of such watercraft are on display in the Dr. Fred Thomas Gallery.
The museum actively offers a host of youth programs and even boat building courses. For example, Howard Rice has taught a course on how to specifically build a "Scamp," a 12-ft long microcruiser. The intensive nine-day course results in a complete boat being constructed from a CNC-cut kit. Attendees come away with the intricate insights needed to build their own Scamps. Rice has already been involved in the construction of 29 of the esteemed microcruisers. Scamps have proven to be so poluar that Scamp fleets are being formed worldwide. Rice also tells the story of his rounding of Cape Horn in a 15-ft sailing kayak during the nine-day intensive.
Clayton Area Homes
Water lovers, boaters and others wishing to relocate to the area will discover a rich array of homes for sale in Clayton NY. There are newly constructed residences with modern amenities. There are also meticulously restored Victorian homes dating to the 19th century. Among the dozens of homes for sale at any one time will be an occasional waterfront property. Young families interested in starter homes will find some very affordable options in this home of the Antique Boat Museum.
The museum also offers special events and speed boat rides. The museum even maintains winter hours Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information on the Antique Boat Museum Clayton NY, please give us a call.