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Antique Boat Museum, the
750 Mary Street
Phone: 315-686-4104 - Tty: -
Statement of Purpose
"The Antique Boat Museum is America's freshwater boating museum. There are other marine museums on freshwater, even a few that pay attention to recreational boat and boating; but the Clayton museum is pretty much the largest and most impressive collection of inland recreational boats in the world."
Joseph Gribbins, Nautical Quarterly Magazine
Highlights & Collections
a.. The Boat Collection has over 200 boats including
canoes; sail and rowing skiffs; skiff-putts; disappearing propeller boats;
hydroplanes; launches; utilities; and cruisers.
b.. The Motor
Collection spans the development of marine propulsion systems from the late
1800s to post WWII. Included are the oldest working gasoline powered
motors in existence and the first (Serial No. 1) Johnson outboard ever
c.. The Artifact collection relates to the Museum's
statement of purpose including boat furniture, equipment and hardware, boat
building molds, plans and prints, paintings, models, half-hulls, woodworking
tools and fishing equipment.
Major Research Fields:
a.. Contains over 1500 volumes, 26
periodical titles, 1900 to present, and 35 serial titles related to freshwater
b.. A rare and indexed Evinrude-Elto collection of
9,500 photos and nearly 4,000 regional and general photographs are also part of
the photographic collection.
c.. A collection of catalogued Sparkman
and Stephens yacht brokerage files of 10,000 boats, many with plans and
d.. Chris Craft materials.
e.. Boat and engine catalogs & manuals
- Pauline Morgan Dodge Small Craft Building, Fred
Thomas Skiff Livery, Adelaide & Miller Gaffney Skiff House
The collection takes the visitor through the
chronological development of small boats beginning with Native American
dug-out and birch bark canoes and continuing through Adirondack Guide Boats
and St. Lawrence sailing and rowing skiffs.The new skiff livery is designed to
be a "living exhibit" where visitors can actively participate in history by
renting a traditionally built St. Lawrence River Skiff. The transition
from non-powered boats to power boats is clearly visible with the St. Lawrence
Skiff putt. There are skiffs converted to power as well as skiffs built
with engines in mind.
- The Cleveland E. Dodge Memorial Launch
Several impressive power boats up to 48 feet in length are on
The boats are broken down into sectioned groups of production
boats, and local custom-built boats.
The upper mezzanine displays a
collection of early launches.
Incorporated in the Launch building
are a series of marine engines demonstrating the evolution of marine
Museum hours are 9AM to 5PM.
Open Daily Mid May to Mid October.
Admission & Directions:
Situated on a peninsula overlooking the Village of Clayton and the beautiful
St. Lawrence River, the Antique Boat Museum is a very inviting
Visitors can come to the museum either by car, by cruise
ship, by boat or a bus tour.
A self-guided tour evokes the nostalgia of
days gone by.
Groups of 20 and more are provided with a volunteer tour
Adults 18+ $8.00
Students 18+ w/ID $6.00
Children under 6 free
The Antique Boat Museum is located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River
in Clayton, New York.
From the International Bridge, take Exit 50-S off Route 81
Southbound. Follow Route 12 going West for 7 miles into the town of
Clayton. Take a right on James Street and then your second left on Mary
Street. The Museum and parking will be on your right.
From Route 81 going North, take Exit 47 to Route 12, drive into the Village
of Clayton on James Street. Take your second left on Mary Street.
The Museum and parking will be on your right.
Executive Director, John MacLean
Director of Museum Operations, John Summers
Curator, Rebecca Hopfinger
Director of Education, Jenifer
Coordinator, Charlotte Yehle
Membership Coordinator, Sonja Ophardt
Volunteer Coordinator, Wink Beadel
Museum Store Manager, Anne L.
Accounting Manager, Linda
Facilities Manager, Bud Gray
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