July 26, 2013
OSWEGO- The H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center will host a celebration of Oswego's waterfront Saturday, Aug. 17. The whole family can enjoy a day at the beautiful waterfront where Lake Ontario meets the Oswego River Canal. Festival activities and historic presentations run from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. in Oswego's Historic Maritime District on the West First Street Pier.
The Lois McClure canal schooner is back this year and free tours are available. The McClure of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum of Vermont is an 1860s replica that depicts 19th century canal ships.
"It's great to have the canal schooner back," said Mercedes Niess, the museum's executive director. "The vessel is commemorating the year 1813 of the War of 1812 and will focus on that time period of the war."
The festival will also include a presentation from Dan Ward, curator of the Erie Canal Museum, at 2:30 p.m. A video documentary, "Raising of Derrick Boat 8," as well as opportunities to kayak along the waterfront will also be available. There will be free admission to the schooner Lois McClure, the National Historic Landmark World War II Tugboat LT-5, the schooner Ontario and Derrick Boat 8, and a reduced admission to tour the main museum building.
Celebrating Oswego's Waterfront main sponsors are Wayne Drugs and the NBT Bank. Others include the Pfund family in memory of Capt. Dick Pfund, Oswego County Tourism, Harbor Eye Associates and Oswego Elks BPOE 271.
For more information about Celebrating Oswego's Waterfront, call the H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center at 315-342-0480, or visit hleewhitemarinemuseum.com . For Oswego County visitor information, go to visitoswegocounty.com.
The Lois McClure canal schooner heads south along the Oswego River Canal near Lock 8. The schooner will visit Oswego Saturday, Aug. 17. (Photo by Mary Ellen Barbeau, Oswego County Tourism Office)
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