January of this year, FLC members unanimously voted to increase FLC's annual membership dues from $lO./yr. to $15./yr. The increase, along with income from newsletter advertising, will fully cover the cost of the newsletter and stationary (paper, envelopes, ink jet printing cartridges, label stock, postage, etc.) needed for the fairly extensive correspondence associated with Chapter operations. The new Chapter dues will appear on the ACBS renewal form for 1999.
Show at Corn Hill Arts Festival
by TED TINKER AND ART RITTER
THECORN ARTS FESTIVAL celebrated its 30th anniversary July 1 l th and 12 th with the addition of an antique and classic boat show. The festival drew an estimated 250,000 people, many of whom ventured to the river-front Ienue to view beautifully restored vintage cars, listen to a variety of music from the bandstand and run their eyes over glistening mahogany runabouts. It was a trip down memory lane for many as we heard comments about earlier days on the St. awrence and in the Adirondacks.
Show organizer, Bob Roberts, a Corn Hill resident, had hoped for an In-the-water display, but due to.heavy rains prior to the show (which welled the river and caused an un acceptably fast current), the boats Mere shown in a land display. City owned docks sat empty as show organizers gathered signatures on a petition to be delivered to city officials who have promised for years, aut as yet, have not ear-marked Funds for river-front development. A major natural resource continues to be under-utilized.
A relaxed atmosphere, sunny skies,a great breeze, a hospitality tent and plenty of shade greeted Bob & Ray Mahar, Matt Sherrill, Mike Yonkers and Ed Ritter who displayed their beautifully prepared boats. Many thanks to these folks for their time and effort. The Finger Lakes Chapter and Wine Country Classic Boats also benefited from the $800. (split according to participation by chapter) received from the Festival organizers.
A casual survey of participants indicated an interest in considering participation again in 1999. This could become a terrific way for our chapters to generate income in the future. Plans for Corn Hill 1999 will be underway in the fall. As information becomes availble, we will share it with the membership
FLC's 1998 Fall Foliage Cruise
Saturday, September 26th -- a pleasant run down the Erie Canal to Baldwinsville and back
The planned cruise will begin at 1O:00 AM from Midway Marina north of Weedsport and retrace last year's course east through the canal and the southern end of Cross Lake to Canal Lock No. 24 at Baldwinsvrille. We'll tie up at the lock (without passing through it) for lunch at the Lock 24 Restaurant which has several tables outdoors under um brellas where diners can enjoy a view of lock operations.
A boat is not necessary (we'll find room) and the Chapter will pick up launching fees and lunch. So that we know what to count on, please give Alan Breese a call at 315-834-6229 (eve) with your plans.
Lady Drops In On the Knapps
IT'S ALWAYS A BIT OF A SURPRISE WHEN guests drop in unexpectedly or on short notice. But when its the
country's First Lady, that does add a little drama to it all! Such was the case when Hi I I a r y Rodham Clinton went to Seneca Falls, NY in June to participate in the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Women's Rights Movement. To thank a number of people who had been traveling with her up the east coast visiting historical sites, she held a luncheon at Knapp Vineyards, owned and operated by FLC members, Doug & Suzie Knapp, on Cayuga Lake. To accomodate Mrs.Clinton's entourage of 70 and for security reasons, the dining room had to be closed to all others. The Vineyard staff smoothly handled the whole affair with a light luncheon of soup, crabcakes and fruit. And although Suzie found the First Lady very charming and gracious, she allowed that "she was glad she didn't have a job like that!"
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Regarding lake navigation: The ancient history of navigation on Skaneateles would make mighty in teresting reading if it was (sic) obtainable. But there's the rub. The first vessel built for lake transportation was as I understood years ago, the outcome of the old project of canalizing the state and making the navigable lakes and streams tributaries of the Erie and other projected canals. Of course this scheme was evolved before the days of the railroads, and it stood in high favor for years after the first section of the New York Central Railroad - that running from Albany to Schenectady -- was built. And it should be remembered that the Central was a disjointed affair until 1854. As for the Erie Railway, after its conception in 1834, it existed princiIpally on paper.
What year the first
vessel was launched on Skaneateles Lake for transportation service, I cannot
say. Its name I have forgotten; but recall the fact that it was built of
the most approved tub model. Regarding its passenger and freight lists
in the early years, I have no knowledge; but in its later years its cargoes
consisted principally of cordwood, intended for the use of Skaneateles
villagers. This boat was perhaps 80 feet long
and schooner rigged.
Some time after this,
another "Independence," on account of being launched on a Fourth of July,
built at Skaneateles. She was sloop rigged and carried lee boards to keep her up to the wind when close hauled. I have been told that both boats were originally designed for steam propulsion, but as I knew
them, they were mere hulls innocent of any design for that mode of navigation
At that time Nicholas I. Roosevelt, who was connected with Robert Fulton's experiments, and who was the pioneer of steam boating on the Mississippi River, lived in Skaneateles, and it may be that some chance expression of his regarding the feasibility of converting them into steam boats may have given birth to the idea. The next venture was made when Captain Richworth Mason, a retired master of an East Indiaman, built the "Homer" some time about 1850. This boat was equipped with paddle wheels. The motive power was a horizontal engine. Her engineer for several years, Stephen H Delano, an areratic (sic) genius who fully understood the capabilities of a steam engine as such engines existed in those days. He was a brother of Howard B. Delano, who invented the first successful coal burning grate for a locomotive, and who for some years carried on a machine shop and foundry at Mottville.
What time the "Homer" made her first trip, I cannot say, as it was after I left Skaneateles in 1857, and there was a lapse of 16 years ere I visited the place again, and I might say that in 1873 was the last time I ever saw any of the Dodge family - Harrison B., his sons, Harrison B.Jr. and Frederick A., and daughter, Kate. In the early 1850s Glen Haven was noted as a great water cure establishment, conducted by Dr. James Jackson, who for some years later betook himself to Dansville, Livingston County, and opened a similar establishment there. Glen Haven was accessible only by water route from Skaneateles or else by a weary stage ride from Homer.
Glen Haven was an institution by itself. The regimen prescribed by Dr. Jackson was peculiar if not inspiring. The diet consisted manly ( graham bread with a small allowance of butter, eggs, and milk, together with copious ablutions of cold spring water externally and internally. Coffee, tea, cakes, and pies were strictly taboo. The feminine portion of the community wore bloomers. It was about that time that Mrs. Amelia Bloomer, former1 of Homer and then Seneca Falls, instituted her noted dress reform, while the men were garbed in "any old thing" that made comfort, even not strictly up to the tailors' fashion plates then in vogue.
When I visited Skaneateles
in1873 another boat had taken the place of the "Homer." It was a propeller,
commanded by Captain Sam Porter, at one time prominent in village affairs,
and a brother of
Grosvenor G. Porter, who for a number of years commanded a trans-Atlantic liner
Captain Porter's boat was not the first propeller on the lake, however although it was the first of practical use. Some time during the forties Dr. H. R. Lord, well known in those days, as well as in later years, as a promoter of aquatic eccentricities, equipped a skiff with a propeller, screw, as it was then termed, worked by hand power. On the first trial worked successfully, but the apparatus gave out after five or six trial trips and further experiments ceased. The late John D. Barrow used to relate with great gusto comical tales of
Dr. Lord and his "boat."
first-person account of life on Skaneateles Lake about 1860 was recorded
in a letter from a former local resident and published the Cortland, NYDemocrat
on Sept 2, 1910. It was written by William
L. White, then of New Jersey. FLC member Donn
it and forwarded it to Brightwork when i was republished in an historical
The Cortland Sunday paper of January 11, 1998.
FINGER LAKES CHAPTER . ACBS
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First Vice President Roger Townsend 315-635-9695
Second Vice President Dana Ritchie (E) 617-275-6521 (D) 603-886-9202
Treasurer Shirley Marsden (E) 315-253-7505 (D) 315-252-9506
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1998 Boat Show Chairs
Susan Buehler (E) 315-834-6303 (D) 315-476-3075
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Ship's Store Ron Svec (E) 607-657-2748
Arnie Rubenstein 1996-1997
Dick Sherwood 1992-1995
Susan Buehler 1988-1991
George Zeth 1987
Jim Brennan 1984-1986
Bob Myllymaki 1982-1983
Syd Marsden 1979-1981
Ford Knight 1977-1979
Jim Brennan, Fred Curry, Jerry Feltus ,Ford Knight, Syd Marsden, Richard Morehouse, Dick Wyckoff, George Zeth
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