Friday, June 21, 2013

Success: Steamboat Owners to Blow Off Steam Again


CLAYTON, New York (June 21, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Great International Steamboat Flotilla (GISF) has agreed to return to the Museum and 1000 Islands region for a third straight year in 2014.

For the past two years, the GISF has made the ABM a gathering place and has captured the attention of those on the river. On Thursday evening, the GISF voted to return to Clayton for a third straight year based on their enjoyment of the region and growing partnership with the Museum.

“We spent a most enjoyable week at the ABM. It is a great venue for the GISF steamboat meet,” shared Carl Kriegeskotte, GISF spokesperson. “We all look forward to our return next June.”

“We are pleased to have this group continue to make the Museum a gathering place. Their unique vessels and interesting stories have helped to draw attention to the ABM,” said Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Our staff and Board of Directors look forward to growing this partnership well beyond 2014.”

Approximately 20 steamboats have made the ABM their ‘home port’ for the past week, while exploring the region daily, including stops to Boldt Castle and Rock Island Lighthouse. The GISF will begin to wrap up their visit on Friday afternoon.

Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, including steamboats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. This August, the Museum will host the 49th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at