May 30th was the first boating event for our club this year! On Saturday morning we were greeted at the Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque by Rebecca Keyes who is one of the two full time employees.
Rebecca is a skilled carpenter and business marketer all rolled up into one tremendous asset to the museum!
She guided us on a tour of the buildings and explained to us in great detail the plans that were in store for the site. When it is finished, it will be fantastic.
The museum is focusing on Cliffe Craft Boats that were originally built in Gananoque, Ontario by Charlie Cliffe, who still lives in the community. Restoration is underway on a 1961 Cliffe Craft that only ever had one owner who has now donated it to the museum. There is also the original motor on display
At the present time, teaching children and high school students about wooden boats is a priority. High school students have built an amazing St. Lawrence Skiff and this year they are planning on building four more.
Summer camps for small children are run with the kids painting and finishing boats that they will take home with them at the end of the week and it is all free. What a program!
What a great way to start the boating season!
Photo second row at right shows Howard Williams who is on the board of directors for the Thousand Islands Boat Museum, who accompanied the group on the tour.