Thursday, October 9, 2014


Ontario, New York State, St. Lawrence River from space.
Photo courtesy of NASA.

CLAYTON, New York (October 9, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, will host a cross-river, cross-border field trip on Tuesday, October 14.

Students from the Gananoque Secondary School in Gananoque, Ontario will venture across the St. Lawrence River aboard a Gananoque Boat Line tour boat to the ABM for an educational visit.

As part of an outreach program being offered by the newly formed Thousand Islands Boat Museum (TIBM) in Gananoque, students in wood shop classes (grades 9 through 12) will be working on building an International Optimist Dinghy, better known as Opti, throughout the school year. The goal will be to have a small fleet of boats ready for use in a sailing program at the TIBM in 2015.

The primary objective of the trip will be to introduce and educate students about the Opti and to expand their knowledge of the unique boating history in the region, which touches international borders, through their visit to the ABM. The field trip will be led by ABM Educator Julie Broadbent, along with staff of the TIBM.

This will mark the second trip in as many years for Gananoque students.

Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In 2015, the ABM will host the 51st annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running such show in North America. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at