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David Dodge, the Antique Boat Museum's in-water fleet coordinator, pilots the swanky "Miss T.I.". Photo: David Sommerstein
David Dodge, the Antique Boat Museum's in-water fleet coordinator, pilots the swanky "Miss T.I.". Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: Gentleman's runabout in the Thousand Islands

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Spring means life on St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands is coming back to life. One of the region's anchor destinations, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, opens for the season this weekend.

Fritz Hager is the museum's executive director. "We've got a lot going on here. We've got a lot of boats under restoration here," says Hager, "including our gigantic 110-foot houseboat, La Duchesse, which will be in restoration for a couple of years. So there's always a lot going on here boat-building wise. We also have boat rides, sailing classes, and other educational programs, and it all starts on Friday."

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The exhibit "Long Journeys in Small Boats" features craft that have traveled thousands of miles. Photo: David Sommerstein
The exhibit "Long Journeys in Small Boats" features craft that have traveled thousands of miles. Photo: David Sommerstein
Hager says the museum also features new exhibits this summer, including one called "Long Journeys in Small Boats." "Amazing treks that people made in canoes," says Hager, "thousands and thousands of miles, inland and out on the ocean." The Antique Boat Museum is offering an "All-Daughters Day" event tomorrow and free admission for mothers with a paid child on Mother's Day.

One of the museum's crown jewels is "La Duchesse", a houseboat bigger and more elegant than many people's houses. Photo: David Sommerstein
One of the museum's crown jewels is "La Duchesse", a houseboat bigger and more elegant than many people's houses. Photo: David Sommerstein
One of the museum's most popular attractions is rides on the St. Lawrence River in a gleaming wooden runabout. David Sommerstein was there as the Miss T.I. was christened for the season and sent this Heard Up North.

 

 

 

 

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