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April 30, 2010

Tall Ships to Embark on Port City for
2010 Oswego Festival of Sail Event June 25, 26 & 27

OSWEGO, New York (April 26, 2010) - The shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego, New York will be emblazoned with tall ships this summer at the Oswego Festival of Sail, set for June 25, 26 & 27 in the Oswego Harbor, according to Festival of Sail Committee Member and H. Lee White Marine Museum Executive Director Mercedes Niess.

The three-day festival will include tours of the tall ships Pride of Baltimore II, Roseway, and Lynx, as well as vendors, children"s events, music, and sail aways on the Roseway and Lynx.

The event is being sponsored by North Shore Oil Company, Dunkin" Donuts, Best Western Captain"s Quarters, Step One Creative, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, City of Oswego, The Palladium Times, Pathfinder Bank, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Port of Oswego Authority, and Greater Oswego/Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

"We"re very excited to announce this new Oswego event for the end of June," said Niess. "The committee has worked hard to bring these three wonderful tall ships to our community, and are planning a variety of family-filled activities and events for the three-day festival."

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Oswego West Pier and H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, will cost $10 per single adult, $5 for youth ages 5 to 16, free for children under 5, and/or a flat fee of $25 for families of six persons. If you wish to participate on a sail away there will be a separate fee.

North Shore Oil Company CEO and Co-owner Harry Pratt wanted to become involved as an event sponsor because of the opportunities it would provide the Oswego County community.

"We see our participation in the Festival of Sail as two fold... Firstly, Oswego County is the home of North Shore Oil Company, and secondly, this event gives us an excellent opportunity to support our County, while helping to provide an educational avenue for our youth and others throughout CNY to come to Oswego, see our beautiful harbor, and learn more about these wonderful, historic tall ships," said Pratt.

According to Festival of Sail Committee Member and Port of Oswego Authority Executive Director Jonathan Daniels the weekend will include a variety of events attractive for everyone.

"The event is really going to have something for everyone," said Daniels. "Whether it be sail aways and costume contests or vendors and concerts, the festival will provide a broad range of weekend activities."

The weekend schedule will be as follows:

    Friday, June 25 - Community welcome. Dedicated to families and our Active Duty, Reserve and Retired Military men and women. A tall ship period theme will highlight the day with a costume contest specific to that era and history. H. Lee White Marine Museum will create a wide assortment of children's activities. Along with tall ship tours, sail aways on the Roseway and Lynx, tours of H. Lee White Museum, and historical presentations at different times throughout the day.

    Saturday, June 26th - "Dunkin' Donuts Day" at the Oswego Festival of Sail. Tall ship and museum tours, sail aways on the Roseway and Lynx and youth activities. The Oswego Festival of Sail Stage will feature local musicians playing throughout the day.

    Sunday, June 27th - Tall ship and museum tours, sail aways on the Roseway and Lynx and youth activities. The Oswego Festival of Sail Stage will feature local musicians playing throughout the day.

"Oswego has such a tremendous maritime history and this event will complement that greatly over the three days," said Shane Broadwell, Festival of Sail Committee Member, and partner with Broadwell Properties. "We look forward to having the Upstate New York community come and enjoy the beauty and splendor of these tall ships."

Pride of Baltimore II is a reproduction of an 1812-era Baltimore Clipper privateer. The ship is Maryland's working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region, and a reminder of America's rich maritime heritage. As the world's most traveled historic tall ship, the Pride of Baltimore was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986. Both ships helped America win the War of 1812 and finally secure its freedom.

Roseway was built in 1925 in Essex, Massachusetts as a private fishing yacht. The ship was purchased by the Boston Pilot's Association in 1941, and was honored for its exemplary service during World War II. Roseway was the last pilot schooner serving in the U.S. when it was retired in 1973. In 1974, Roseway began service in the Maine windjammer fleet, and in 2002 was donated to the World Ocean School. The ship is one of the last Grand Banks fishing schooners built in Essex, and is a registered U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell's Point, Maryland. It was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts. The Lynx was launched on July 28, 2001 in Rockport, Maine.

Also available for tours will be the National Historic Landmark WWII Tugboat the "LT-5", which served during the Normandy Invasion and the 1925 NYS Canal Boat. The "LT-5" is part of the H. Lee Marine Museum ongoing exhibit. Additionally, the Oswego Station of the US Coast Guard will have their 47-foot Motor Life Boat available for tours throughout the weekend, and there will be an Air Rescue demonstration with a US Coast Guard HH65 Helicopter on Saturday, June 26th at 1 p.m.

"The Festival of Sail will be a great tourist event this upcoming summer," said Dave Turner, Festival of Sail Committee Member and Oswego County Director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "The interest that comes with tall ships like the Pride of Baltimore II, Roseway, and Lynx is enormous, and we're confident that this new event will draw thousands to the region."

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

To book a ride/seat for a sail away on the Roseway please call (207) 236-7482 or . To book a ride/seat for a sail away on the Lynx please call 1-(866) 446-5969 or go to www.privateerlynx.org.

For more information on the Oswego Festival of Sail event or for sponsorship opportunities please call (315) 402-8802.

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